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"Devotees of G.M. Malliet and Charles Todd will enjoy this different and delicious series." --Booklist Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier and her husband, a renowned restaurant critic, are frequent and privileged guests of Paris's cultured society. Unfortunately, a more refined milieu doesn't keep unsavory behavior like murder off the menu. . . When the body of acclaimed Chef Jean-Louis Brault and a shotgun are discovered in an antique Louis Vuitton portemanteau, the general consensus is suicide. Brault had been understandably distraught, if not quite unhinged, amidst rumors that his restaurant La Mère Denis might lose its rare third Michelin star. But when Capucine investigates the scene of the crime, she doesn't think it's only the boulliabaisse that smells fishy. And when Le Monde suggests that Capucine's investigation is a cover up for the lethal consequences of food critics everywhere--a profession in which her husband takes great pride--she will stop at nothing to solve the case. Praise for Alexander Campion and the Capucine Culinary Mysteries "Riveting gastronomic mystery. . . Readers will want a second helping." --Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet "Steeped in Parisian culture and class structure. . .this mystery makes for a fine getaway read." --Library Journal on Killer Critique

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Alexander Campion
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release: 2013-06-24
File: 342 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781617732911

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First in a new series! At the San Francisco Seafood Festival, someone is steamed enough to kill a cook.... When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from the San Francisco Chronicle, she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success quickly. Her feisty aunt Abby owns a tricked-out school bus, which she’s converted into a hip and happening food truck, and Darcy comes aboard as a part-timer while she develops a cookbook project based on recipes from food fests in the Bay Area. But she soon finds someone’s been trafficking in character assassination—literally—when a local chef turns up dead and her aunt is framed for the murder. The restaurant chef was an outspoken enemy of food trucks, and now Darcy wonders if one of the other vendors did him in. With her aunt’s business—and freedom—on the line, it’s up to Darcy to steer the murder investigation in the right direction and put the brakes on an out-of-control killer…. RECIPES INCLUDED!

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Penny Pike
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2014-08-05
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780698143340

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"One of America's great chefs" (Vogue) shares how his drive to cook immaculate food won him international renown-and fueled his miraculous triumph over tongue cancer. In 2007, chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2005 he and Nick Kokonas opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine. Then, positioned firmly in the world's culinary spotlight, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma-tongue cancer. The prognosis was grim, and doctors agreed the only course of action was to remove the cancerous tissue, which included his entire tongue. Desperate to preserve his quality of life, Grant undertook an alternative treatment of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. But the choice came at a cost. Skin peeled from the inside of Grant's mouth and throat, he rapidly lost weight, and most alarmingly, he lost his sense of taste. Tapping into the discipline, passion, and focus of being a chef, Grant rarely missed a day of work. He trained his chefs to mimic his palate and learned how to cook with his other senses. As Kokonas was able to attest: The food was never better. Five months later, Grant was declared cancer-free, and just a few months following, he received the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef in America Award. Life, on the Line tells the story of a culinary trailblazer's love affair with cooking, but it is also a book about survival, about nurturing creativity, and about profound friendship. Already much- anticipated by followers of progressive cuisine, Grant and Nick's gripping narrative is filled with stories from the world's most renowned kitchens-The French Laundry, Charlie Trotter's, el Bulli- and sure to expand the audience that made Alinea the number-one selling restaurant cookbook in America last year. Watch a Video

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Grant Achatz
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2012-03-06
File: 432 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101560730

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An unforgettable portrait of France’s legendary chef, and the sophisticated, unforgiving world of French gastronomy Bernard Loiseau was one of only twenty-five French chefs to hold Europe’s highest culinary award, three stars in the Michelin Red Guide, and only the second chef to be personally awarded the Legion of Honor by a head of state. Despite such triumphs, he shocked the culinary world by taking his own life in February 2003. TheGaultMillau guidebook had recently dropped its ratings of Loiseau’s restaurant, and rumors swirled that he was on the verge of losing a Michelin star (a prediction that proved to be inaccurate). Journalist Rudolph Chelminski, who befriended Loiseau three decades ago and followed his rise to the pinnacle of French restaurateurs, now gives us a rare tour of this hallowed culinary realm. The Perfectionist is the story of a daydreaming teenager who worked his way up from complete obscurity to owning three famous restaurants in Paris and rebuilding La Côte d’Or, transforming a century-old inn and restaurant that had lost all of its Michelin stars into a luxurious destination restaurant and hotel. He started a line of culinary products with his name on them, appeared regularly on television and in the press, and had a beautiful, intelligent wife and three young children he adored—Bernard Loiseau seemed to have it all. An unvarnished glimpse inside an echelon filled with competition, culture wars, and impossibly high standards, The Perfectionist vividly depicts a man whose energy and enthusiasm won the hearts of staff and clientele, while self-doubt and cut-throat critics took their toll.

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Genre: Cooking
Author: Rudolph Chelminski
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2005-05-19
File: 368 Pages
ISBN-13: 1101216689

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Was it murder or suicide?"The amazing mystery - crime - comedy !" ★★★★★Childhood friends take a trip to help explore the famous chefs death...so begins a cold case mystery investigation.Hannah Starvling finds a trail of concealed documents, false alibi's, corruption and a hasty autopsy. Tracing a path of her last frightening days leads a gripping crime mystery with twists and turns.Now she must find the answers to two questions:1. What really happened to Julia Karas?2. And more importantly, why was the Chef in the water.The truth roars forth and sends this town in a tailspin.Get yours now FREE if a member of Kindle Unlimited!*This Title was previously released as: "The Chef At The Water's Edge.

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Author: Kee Patterbee
Publisher:
Release: 2019-05-09
File: 264 Pages
ISBN-13: 109764037X

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"Well reported and heartfelt, Ruhlman communicates the passion that draws the acolyte to this precise and frantic profession."—The New York Times Book Review Just over a decade ago, journalist Michael Ruhlman donned a chef's jacket and houndstooth-check pants to join the students at the Culinary Institute of America, the country's oldest and most influential cooking school. But The Making of a Chef is not just about holding a knife or slicing an onion; it's also about the nature and spirit of being a professional cook and the people who enter the profession. As Ruhlman—now an expert on the fundamentals of cooking—recounts his growing mastery of the skills of his adopted profession, he propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms in search of the elusive, unnameable elements of great food. Incisively reported, with an insider's passion and attention to detail, The Making of a Chef remains the most vivid and compelling memoir of a professional culinary education on record.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Michael Ruhlman
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Release: 2009-03-31
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780805095746

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Three weeks after his birth, Johnny America was abandoned by his biological mother, who handed the infant Johnny, to his parental grandmother at the funeral of his father who had passed away. She then vanished into thin air. There is no substitute to a mother’s love, not even for the street smart Johnny. He was to face a tough life of poverty, with love and affection being rare commodities. The substitute mothering he received from his grandmother, although loving and godly, was inadequate. It caused long- term damage to his self esteem, his ability to relate to other people, and overall feelings of security and ability to trust others. This emotional turmoil condemned Johnny to the streets of Cape Town and to live as an unpopular “Bergie “on the inhospitable slopes of Table Mountain, where he was constantly harassed by the clean-up-squad. He adopted his “street family”, and together they engaged in petty theft, prostitution and alcohol abuse, resulting in Johnny serving time in the notorious Pollsmoor Prison. While serving one of his many prison sentences, Johnny’s friend was killed violently in the strawberry fields, where they were employed as convict labour by correctional services. A notorious ex-prison gang member is convicted for the crime for which Johnny is a state witness. Johnny is scared for his life. His quest to find his mother takes him to Durban, together with the love of his life, Marie. His first encounter with his mother is not the reunion he expected. Her dedication to her gangster husband and her unresolved emotional baggage make it difficult for her to give and receive love. He returns to Cape Town with Marie back to the process of opportunistic survival, to increased risks of exposure to H.i.V-aids And TB, to dwelling in the informal settlements, and finally – Redemption. Cyril James is a writer of rare calibre. And he tells a terrific story. Lorraine Richards Editor

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Cyril James
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release: 2015-01-08
File: 212 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781499090406

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A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Gayle Trent
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2013-09-24
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781476706771

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In the eighteenth-century French household, the servant cook held a special place of importance, providing daily meals and managing the kitchen and its finances. In this scrupulously researched and witty history, Sean Takats examines the lives of these cooks as they sought to improve their position in society and reinvent themselves as expert, skilled professionals. Much has been written about the cuisine of the period, but Takats takes readers down into the kitchen and introduces them to the men and women behind the food. It is only in that way, Takats argues, that we can fully recover the scientific and cultural significance of the meals they created, and, more important, the contributions of ordinary workers to eighteenth-century intellectual life. He shows how cooks, along with decorators, architects, and fashion merchants, drove France’s consumer revolution, and how cooks' knowledge about a healthy diet and the medicinal properties of food advanced their professional status by capitalizing on the Enlightenment’s new concern for bodily and material happiness. The Expert Cook in Enlightenment France explores a unique intersection of cultural history, labor history, and the history of science and medicine. Relying on an unprecedented range of sources, from printed cookbooks and medical texts to building plans and commercial advertisements, Takats reconstructs the evolving role of the cook in Enlightenment France. Academics and students alike will enjoy this fascinating study of the invention of the professional chef, of how ordinary workers influenced emerging trends of scientific knowledge, culture-creation, and taste in eighteenth-century France.

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Genre: History
Author: Sean Takats
Publisher: JHU Press
Release: 2011-12-15
File: 216 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781421403380

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Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery… When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama. Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away. After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: J. J. Cook
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2014-04-01
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101600146

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