Sous Chef by Michael Gibney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I consider myself a mini-foodie. I love to try new things, but I put a limit to what new things I would consider. I love watching cooking shows and I try to experiment in the kitchen. I've read a number of memoirs by celebrity chefs and I'm fascinated with their journeys but they never talk much about what goes on inside a kitchen on a normal day. That aspect alone really excited me about this book.
Michael Gibney takes the reader through a typical day in the life of a sous chef. It's a crazy, hectic experience, one I never see myself surviving. He does in it by writing this book in second person singular, or using 'you' to describe the action; you do this, you know that, Chef says to you. I both enjoyed this style and was annoyed at parts.
I watch a lot of the cooking competition shows and most if not all of the contestants smoke. I never understood why, to my knowledge smoking destroys your palate. This can be observed on the ever present taste test challenge, a smoker almost always incorrectly guesses a 'simple' flavor. Gibney addressed my complaint in a few scenes where Chef yells at you for smoking.
This book was not purchased for my branch but is in the system. I can't wait to start recommending it to patrons.
I received an advanced eBook copy through Netgalley for an honest review.