• Title: Under the Table: Saucy Tales from Culinary School
  • Author: Katherine Darling
  • Released: 2010-04-27
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 384
  • ISBN: 1416565299
  • ISBN13: 978-1416565291
  • ASIN: 1416565299
From Publishers Weekly Readers dreaming of culinary school can indulge vicariously through this engaging memoir by food writer Darling. In her 20s, armed with a passion for cooking, the author left her job at a Manhattan literary agency to enroll at the French Culinary Institute. She takes what appears to be a day-by-day analysis of her entire six-month experience and extracts more narrative than might be thought possible, conveying the challenging process in episodes from omelet minutiae to the larger victories of culinary education. Darling makes the most of various incidents with her classmates who become competitors, comrades and co-conspirators—sometimes all three. As they progress together through the school's four levels to graduation, the author expands on their lessons with end-of-chapter recipes. Though the book doesn't stake out original territory, it thoroughly captures the built-in drama of a professional cook's education. (Apr.)
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From Blessed with a mother who took cooking for her family very seriously, Darling is inspired to give up her office job to take the family passion to a new level as a professional chef. She enrolls at New York City’s famed French Culinary Institute, but she finds immediately that school presents unanticipated challenges. Her fellow students run the gamut from brash urban youths to small-town naïfs not quite up to big-city challenges. A demanding curriculum keeps students hopping, and some instructors lack social graces, bluntly belittling their charges. Students are not above taking out their frustrations on one another, one of them going so far as to impale the author with a vicious trussing needle. Darling manages to hook up with a few other seriously committed students and eventually graduates first in her class. A few well-chosen recipes appear, an especially intriguing one transforming a mayonnaise disaster into a tasty pasta sauce. --Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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