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The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip Through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe
 
 
Author
Bob Spitz.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780393060591
Pages/Publication Date 323/2008
Daedalus Item Code 01972
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In the blink of an eye, Bob Spitz turned 50, finished an eight-year book project, ended a 14-year marriage that left him nearly destitute, and had his heart stolen and broken on the rebound. He sought salvation the only way he knew how—he fled to Europe and hopscotched among the finest cooking schools in pursuit of his dream to cook like a virtuoso. Combining an outrageous travelogue with gastronomic lore, hands-on cooking instruction, hot-tempered chefs, local personalities, and a batch of memorable recipes, Spitz's odyssey recounts the transformation of a professional writer and lifelong kitchen amateur into a world-class cook.

"Spitz has actually pursued what is only a dream for most foodies, wandering France and Italy from one great cooking school to another.... In Nice he conquers a technically complex chilled zucchini soup. As Spitz cooks under the tutelage of a barge-dwelling woman, Gascony reveals to him the glories of its rabbit and its prunes steeped for a month in Armagnac. He also learns the importance of terroir, that essence of a locale that suffuses its indigenous food, its wines, its people. In Paris, a chef humiliates Spitz by reducing him to preparing an omelet, which Spitz must do over and over until it finally merits the chef's approval. After the fussy discipline of French cooking, Italy's gnocchi in sage butter seemed effortless."—Booklist

 
 
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