The Hunger: A Memoir of an Accidental Chef

The Hunger: A Memoir of an Accidental Chef


By (author) John DeLucie, Introduction by Graydon Carter


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  • Publisher: Ecco Press
  • Format: Paperback | 233 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0061579297
  • ISBN 13: 9780061579295
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,322,835

Product description

An inspiring, heartwarming memoir from the unlikely chef of The Waverly InnThe Hunger is an insider's take on the crazy life that is the restaurant business, as well as an underdog's tale of survival. Dissatisfied with his corporate career, John DeLucie followed his passion for food to a single cooking class at the New School (where he was named Most Likely to Succeed). He launched his first food gig at SoHo's famed Dean & DeLuca, then cooked at several New York area restaurants.For fifteen years, DeLucie worked his way through major challenges, while accepting both successes and failures, until finally opening his restaurant The Waverly Inn the Greenwich Village sensation. He now shares secrets about the behind-the-scenes details from the tiny kitchen, the front of the house, and outside the restaurant, where the paparazzi gather. Also included are the stories behind some of DeLucie's signature recipes.The Hunger is a story about food and desire and appetite an intimate window onto a chaotic world."

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Hot grease, sharp knives, infidelity, and white truffles. . . . The Hunger has all the right ingredients. John DeLucie has lived the life and now he tells the tale. "The Hunger" is the best memoir by a chef since "Kitchen Confidential." --Jay McInerney"