The Hunger

The Hunger : A Memoir of an Accidental Chef

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"Hot grease, sharp knives, infidelity, and white truffles....The Hunger has all the right ingredients....The best memoir by a chef since Kitchen Confidential."
--Jay McInerney

The Hunger is the page-turning memoir from John DeLucie, chef of THE celebrity hot spot restaurant in New York City, The Waverly Inn. With an introduction by Graydon Carter, legendary Editor of Vanity Fair, The Hunger is an unabashed celebration of hard work and the good life that Anthony Bourdain fans will simply eat up--a feast for foodies that author Salman Rushdie calls, "A delightful book....I recommend it to anyone interested in good food--and good stories."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 233 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Ecco Press
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061579297
  • 9780061579295
  • 1,510,504

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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
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An inspiring, heartwarming memoir from the unlikely chef of The Waverly Inn

The 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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155 ratings
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3 41% (64)
2 17% (26)
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