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The Soul of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman
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The Soul of a Chef

The Journey toward Perfection

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Narrator Donald Corren
Length 12 hours 14 minutes
Language English
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In his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country, Ruhlman enters the lives and kitchens of rising star Michael Symon and the renowned Thomas Keller of the French Laundry. This fascinating book will satisfy any reader's hunger for knowledge about cooking and food, the secrets of successful chefs, at what point cooking becomes an art form, and more.

Like Ruhlman's The Making of a Chef, this is an instant classic in food writing—one of the fastest growing and most popular subjects today.

Michael Ruhlman has collaborated on several bestselling cookbooks, including The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and Alinea. He is the author of critically acclaimed books including The Soul of a Chef, The Elements of Cooking, Ratio, and Ruhlman’s Twenty. He has written about food and cooking for the New York Times, Gourmet, Food Arts, and other publications.

Donald Corren is an audiobook narrator and a New York actor with leading credits on and Off-Broadway, as well as numerous television appearances. On Broadway, he costarred with Judy Kaye in the critically acclaimed production of Souvenir, and replaced Harvey Fierstein in the seminal production of Torch Song Trilogy. His Off-Broadway appearances include The Soap Myth, Dietrich & Chevalier, The Last Sunday in June, Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night, and the original New York production of Tomfoolery. His television credits include eight seasons as forensic tech Medill on NBC’s Law & Order, as well as his current role as Dr. Kurian on Syfy’s Z Nation.

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Reviews

“A hold-your-breath-while-you-turn-the-page thriller that’s also an anthropological study of the culture of cooking.”

“A lively blend of reportage, reflection, and recipes…Ruhlman’s writing makes it come alive.”

“[The Soul of a Chef] has all the makings of a summer potboiler: suspense, intrigue, drama, pathos, and even a little humor.”

“A fine introduction to Ruhlman's writing.”

“Each section of the book is fascinating in itself, especially the introductory section on the Certified Master Chef exam, an ordeal of almost hellish intensity.”

“Following on his previous intimate look into the lives of students and teachers at the Culinary Institute of America, Ruhlman now examines those driven individuals who aspire to culinary perfection…Ruhlman has favorites among these ambitious kitchen monarchs, but that doesn’t detract from his ability to make the reader feel each slip of the knife, each lapse in reproducing a dish exactly as the legendary Escoffier would have presented it.”

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