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 – 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 [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Something New Every Second

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The other day I was reading Michael Gibney’s Sous Chef:  24 Hours on the Line, an engaging look at a day in the trenches of a fine dining restaurant in New York, and I came across this passage: Cooking is an exercise in kinetic awareness, economy of movement, mastery of the senses.  You can smell [….]

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 [….]