Yes, Chef?

One of the summer's hottest memoirs is Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef. If you want another culinary memoir to read while you're waiting for this highly acclaimed book, check out some of these other tales of cooking education & life in the kitchen.

Life, On the Line, Grant Achatz

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School, Kathleen Flinn

Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef's Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood, and the Family Meal, Gillian Clark

The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food, Judith Jones

Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman's Sweet Journey from Unhappy Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Baker, Gesine Bullock-Prado

Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, Kim Severson

Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton

Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America, Jonathan Dixon

And, if you're wanting a bit more insight into what chefs really like to eat check out My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals: Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes and My Last Supper: The Next Course by Melanie Dunea

What's your favorite culinary memoir?

Written by Becker on July 17, 2012


Anonymous on July 17, 2012


im a real big fan of the memoirs of Ruth Reichl, tender at the bone, garlic and sapphires and comfort me with apples, though these come more from the perspective of being a food writer they are filled with recipes and touching tales about her time in the industry.

Anonymous on July 17, 2012


slightly off kilter but the book about Shopsin's is great, Eat Me: the food and philosophy of Kenny Shopsin

Becker on July 17, 2012


Thanks for the suggestions, both of you! I haven't heard of Eat Me, so I'll check that one out, and I, too, have enjoyed Ruth Reichl's books!

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