LitStack Review: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

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Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler Alfred A. Knopf Release Date:  May 24, 2016 ISBN 978-11-0187-594-0 Sweetbitter, the debut novel from newcomer Stephanie Danler, is a lot like New York City:  completely wrapped up in itself, which means it is sometimes incredibly pretentious, and at other times absolutely perfect.  It is, however, uniquely honest with itself and the [….]

LitStack Review: Envy of Angels by Mark Wallace

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Envy of Angels Matt Wallace Tor.com Release Date:  October 20, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-8528-4 What a strange, perverse, hilarious and utterly entertaining little book this is! Sin du Jour is a private catering and events company based in Long Island City.  Run by Chef Byron “Bronko” Luck, a former purveyor of a group of wildly popular [….]

LitStack Review: Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

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Europe in Autumn Dave Hutchinson Solaris Release Date:  January 28, 2014 ISBN 978-1-78108-194-5 Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Europe in Autumn is a sharp, zig-zagging espionage thriller set in an alternate near-future where economic instabilities have splintered Europe into a myriad of tiny [….]

LitStack Review: All or Nothing by Jesse Schenker

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All or Nothing – One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme Jesse Schenker Dey Street Books Release Date:  September 30, 2014 ISBN 978-0-06-233930-0 Jesse Schenker is an executive chef who owns two successful restaurants in New York (Recette – named “Best New Restaurant” in 2010 by the New York Times, and The Gander, which just opened [….]

LitStack Review – Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney

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Sous Chef:  24 Hours on the Line Michael Gibney Ballantine Books Release Date:  April 3, 2014 ISBN 978-0-8041-7788-7 I recently read an article on FirstWeFeast.com, where some of the country’s finest chefs were asked to name what they thought were the most influential restaurants in the United States today.  Although I probably will never make [….]

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

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Yes, Chef: A Memoir Marcus Samuelsson Random House First Edition: June 26, 2012 ISBN 978-0-385-34260-5 —♦— I’m not a fan of cooking shows, where a chef walks you through the steps of making a really good dish.  Maybe it’s because I’m a pretty pitiful cook and no amount of display, discourse or demonstration is going [….]