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The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef [Paperback]

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Pages   258
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.32" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 27, 2008
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  1596914971  
EAN  9781596914971  


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“There hasn't been a food memoir this deliciously wicked since Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential.”—Portland Oregonian
The Devil in the Kitchen
is legendary chef Marco Pierre White's memoir of growing up working-class in Leeds and going on to become a king in the culinary world—the original celebrity chef. The first British chef (and the youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars—and also the only one to ever give them all back—is known equally for his astonishing talent and for being a chain-smoking, pot-throwing enfant terrible of the kitchen. In The Devil in the Kitchen he takes readers on a revealing and raucous ride, featuring some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond. It's truly a decadent feast for anyone who loves food or just a great story.


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Marco Pierre White was born in Leeds in 1961. After training in Britain's finest kitchens, he opened Harveys, which earned two Michelin stars and was London's most talked-about restaurant. From there, he went on to win a third star and build a gastronomic empire that includes many of the most acclaimed restaurants in the U.K. In 1999, he retired from the kitchen and handed back his Michelin stars, but he maintains his presence in the culinary world with Luciano and the Frankie's restaurants, among others. He lives in West London with his wife, Mati, and their three children. He also has a daughter by his first wife.

As a gossip columnist in the late eighties, James Steen phoned Harveys to speak with Marco Pierre White. A Maitre d' answered the phone and ranted on in a strong French accent about how White was "a monster, a crazy man, a lunatic to work for." The "matre d'," it transpired was White. The relationship went from there.

Steen, a freelance journalist, lives a short stroll from what was once Harveys, with his wife Louise, and three children, Charlie, Billy, and Daisy.



Marco Pierre White currently resides in London.

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The Pride of Leeds  Jun 25, 2008
Marco Pierre White is both an award-winning chef and the product of a council block in Leeds. The Devil in the Kitchen demonstrates the relationship between those two facts, as Marco is driven to succeed, leveraging his blue collar work ethic and personal pride. His drive is all-consuming, with 17 and 18 hour days at the stove a common pattern. He is animated by a love of food--nature's great gift--and he operates on adrenalin, nicotine, an obsession with quality control and, for a time, the need for public recognition of his efforts.

Marco is often thought of in America as Gordon Ramsay's mentor. If so, he put the hell in hell's kitchen, though the book is less about him as a devil than about the demons that make him a great chef. The book is a tour of British gastronomy in that Marco works--in the course of his life--at many of England's great restaurants and for England's great (often non-English) chefs.

The book includes recipes of some signature dishes and sidebar tips on Marco's methods and techniques. The narrative (written with James Steen) is brisk, interesting and engaging. It is a story of obsession and accomplishment but not really about sex, pain, and madness, as the subtitle suggests. There is a little sex and a bit of pain but no madness in the clinical sense. There are also tantrums, anecdotes of the glitterati and tales of the rich, the powerful, the hungry and the rude. The world of Marco's kitchens will not be unfamiliar to readers of Tony Bourdain or fans of Gordon Ramsay's many shows. In some narratives cookery is all sweetness, light, conviviality, love and family. Here it is war, but war that is very tasty and washed down with first growth red bordeaux.

Both confirmed foodies and fans of memoir and autobiography will enjoy this book.
 
Awesome!  May 2, 2008
THis book is great. Read it in two sittings and laughed alot. Also very thought provoking and an interesting point of view from such an acclaimed chef.
 
LEAVE IT TO CLEAVER  Jan 12, 2008
MARCO PIERRE WHITE IN THE TRADITION OF ENGLISH ECCENTRICS TAKES OR RATHER BAKES THE CAKE !

HIS ANTI ESTABLISHMENT ATTITUDES AND APPEARANCE MAKE THIS HALLOWED ENGLISH CULLINERY
GENIUS EVEN MORE REMARKABLE - HIS BRILLIANCE WAS TO DESTROY THE HACKNEYED PRESUMPTIONS
THAT GREAT BRITAIN WAS AND IS A WASTE LAND OF BAD FOOD - HIS COURAGE IN THIS EXCELLENT BOOK
WAS TO RELAY HIS RAGS TO RICHES RISE TO STARDOM WARTS AND ALL YET EXPLAINING THAT IT'S ALL ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS AND IF YOU CAN CAPTURE THE NATURAL ELEMENTS OF THOSE INGREDIENTS
WITH INTEGRITY YOU CAN UNLOCK THOSE FLAVORS WHICH IS WHAT FINE COOKING IS ALL ABOUT - SOMETHING THAT IS LOST ON MANY OF TODAYS RISING CELEBRITY CHEFS.- SIMPLICITY NOT COMPLEXITY !

THIS BOOK IS AN EXCELLANT READ - I WISHED THERE HAD BEEN MORE - PERHAPS A FEW NEW CHAPTERS WILL
SURFACE IN 2008 WITH HOPEFULLY MORE RECIPES AND BRILLIANT M P W TECHNIQUES.

OH YES MARCO - WHY IS YOUR BOOK OR SHOULD I SAY KITCHEN BIBLE "WHITE HEAT" OUT OF PRINT ??

NOT EVEN this site CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON THIS - IT'S A CRYING SHAME THAT A BOOK OF THIS MAGNITUDE BE RELEGATED TO THE OUT OF PRINT DEPARTMENT OF CULLINERY IMPORTANCE.

THE DEVIL IN THE KITCHEN IS ONE HELL OF A READ - FIVE STARS - PETER CHRISTIAN - LA.
 
Marco Hates You  Sep 24, 2007
Marco Pierre White is the original rock and roll chef and the first person I'm aware of to consistently go into the dining room and tell people to shove off.

When I was on an ACF Jr. Culinary Olympic Team in the late 90s, this was not a fact we overlooked, and for it White was instantly a hero of ours. I grabbed up all his cookbooks; the best of which was the tough to find White Heat. Through it, we discovered strange foods like caul fat, that we, as young cooks, had never seen, had, or even heard of.

Needless to say, when I saw he was writing a biography, my interest was peaked.

There's a funny story in the book that sums it up for me. A Michelin 3 star chef dined at White's restaurant, and afterwards, came into the kitchen to say everything was great except the fish -- which was salty. White told the cook who prepared it to tell the chef to "F off".

White seems to tell everyone to "F" Off, and as interesting as this book was to me, a fan, I'm sad to say, overall, it is pretty poor. White has a tremendous ego, and comes off sounding like a real jerk that ruins every meaningful relationship he's ever been apart of both personally and in business.
 
Wonderful Read  Aug 2, 2007
I have been in kitchens where chefs have yelled at me, threatend to kill me and everything else that they can throw without hitting anyone. This book helped me understand all those crazy chefs I had worked for and what their passion was all about. Most of everything (except throwing customers out) in this book I have seen through other chefs and experienced. I thought that the book was very funny in certain areas as well. I highly recommend this book as well as Gordon Ramseys book, which they both talk about each other because Gordon was one of Marco's proteges.
 

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