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Don't Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World's Greatest Chefs [Paperback]

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 2, 2007
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  1596911573  
EAN  9781596911574  

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More than forty of the world's finest chefs share their culinary mishaps and misfortunes in a collection of revealing essays by Mario Batali, Gabrielle Hamilton, Michel Richard, Jamie Oliver, Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Sara Moulton, and others. Reprint.

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Finally in paperback, the hugely popular anthology in which forty of the world's greatest chefs, including Anthony Bourdain, Daniel Boulud, and Ferrán Adrià, reveal their worst kitchen disasters.
From Gabrielle Hamilton on hiring a blind line cook to Michel Richard on rescuing a wrecked cake to Eric Ripert on being the clumsiest waiter in the room, these behind-the-scenes accounts are as wildly entertaining as they are revealing. A delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren't always perfect, Don't Try This at Home is a hilarious must-have for anyone who's ever burned dinner.

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More About Kimberly Witherspoon & Andrew Friedman

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kimberly Witherspoon is a partner at Inkwell Management, a literary agency based in Manhattan. She is very proud to represent four of the chefs in this anthology: Anthony Bourdain, Tamasin Day-Lewis, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Fergus Henderson. She and her family live in North Salem, New York.
Andrew Friedman is a writer who specializes in all things culinary, with a focus on chef and restaurant culture. In addition to his own work, he has coauthored more than a dozen cookbooks with some of the most successful chefs and restaurateurs in the country, including Michael Lomonaco, Pino Luongo, Alfred Portale, Bill Telepan, and Tom Valenti. He lives in New York City with his family.

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Don't Try This at Home  Nov 3, 2008
This was chosen for our book club based on an this site review. Of seven members present, only two of us completed reading it. Most members gave up after a few chapters which was a first. Our overall rating was a 1.6 and we would not recommend it to anyone.
Don't try this at home! Is excellent, entertaining LOL fun!  Oct 18, 2008
If you have ever worked in a restaurant you know how unpredicable & fun it can be! This book was entertaining and hilarious, some stories made me laugh at loud. What I enjoyed most was knowing that even some of these 5-star folks could have major mishaps in the kitchen. Great fun to read. And makes a great gift for a novice chef.
Right up there with Great Operatic Disasters!!!  Sep 8, 2008
This is such an entertaining (and informative!!) book. I love to see how creative people cope with seemingly terminal disasters. There are great lessons for all of us, cooks or not, but I did learn a lot about food preparation, food storage, and most of all relationships--those that make a kitchen work and those that don't. I found it a really good read.
Don't Read This While Hungry ...  Oct 18, 2007
I don't watch cooking shows on TV nor do I read gourmet cooking magazines or anything like that ~~ the names of the chefs in here don't mean anything to me. It's not personal. I just don't have the time nor the interest to read about them nor do I travel to eat at fine restaurants ... But this book is hilarious. It is one of the few books where I am lost in the giggles over the mishaps in the kitchens. And I love it.

I do cook and am a fairly good cook ~~ though not as good as these professionals are. I have messed up dishes often and have my embarrassing moments ~~ but not on the grand scale as these chefs. And I love the stories ~~ the wedding cake mishaps are my favorite ~~ especially Michel Richard's "Alibi" ~~ that one literally brought tears to my eyes. I can just see it all. Another favorite is "Our Big Brake" by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. One that brought sighs to my heart is Paul Kahan's "(Not) Ready for My Close-up." Another one is Tamara Murphy's "For The Birds" ~~ I just lost myself in the giggles over a plate of grilled cheese sandwiches (Ah. A dream to come true would be having a chef cooking for me!).

To be honest, I don't think there's a story in there that I didn't like. They all are funny and very human ~~ it brings a touch of humanness to the world's greatest cooks. And since I like to cook, I can definitely relate to their stories. And I love all of their stories. I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun reading a book!!

However, don't read this while you're hungry ~~ some of their descriptions of food will make you hungry and if you're like me, that doesn't have a modern up to date kitchen or pantry ~~ you'll find yourself raiding something wishing that you can finally taste what they are famous for making. A Ding Dong just won't do it. But maybe it will spur you to become a better chef in your own kitchen ~~ knowing that the greats are just as human as we all are.

Really, Don't Do It  Jun 27, 2007
This book was so funny for we culinary types. I really enjoyed reading it, and learning new and funny things about some of my favorite chefs.

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