The Apprentice: My Life In The Kitchen by Jacques Pepin

The Apprentice

The Apprentice is an autobiography of a chef who first learned to cook in his mother’s restaurant in the years following World War II in France.  Pepin eventually went out an apprenticed under various well-known chefs in that country before spreading his wings, eventually landing in the United States.  Not only was Pepin a classically trained talent, but he enjoyed stepping outside of cooking traditions.  This earned him a spot among the internationally acclaimed chefs when the “foodie” renaissance took over during the 1980’s.

His stories are wonderful!  I enjoyed learning the social as well as the technical aspects of classical French training.  The author intersperses his own recipes along with tantalizing stories (and, I admit to making his chicken in cream sauce which was marvelous!)  Pepin’s life is not only interesting, it is truly remarkable.  Great book!

4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2004
352 pages


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