Compelling quotations from 150 chefs, including James Beard, Julia Child, Gordon Ramsay, April Bloomfield, to inspire and delight professional chefs, foodies, and anyone who's ever resolved a crisis by adding more butter.
"Clean plates don't lie."
Great chefs are not self-effacing or meek, there's no room for indecision in the professional kitchen, where the slightest stumble can send an entire restaurant into the weeds. So it follows that even in quieter moments, what chefs have to say is usually opinionated and always illuminating.
The Chef Says invites readers to the ultimate food-lover's dinner party, where cooks from ancient Greece rub shoulders and talk shop with today's rising stars. These unruly culinarians compliment, compete, and disagree with one another as they discuss childhood and training, taste preferences and trends, the quest for perfection, and the grueling but exhilarating business of opening a restaurant. The Chef Says will captivate anyone who has ever worked in a kitchen, been inspired by a flawlessly ripe tomato, or resolved a crisis by adding more butter.
The first compendium to focus on quotations from chefs themselves, it is the perfect gift for professionals, foodies, home cooks, and anyone interested in culinary culture. The fourth volume in our successful Words of Wisdom series (following The Architect Says, The Designer Says, and The Filmmaker Says). Authors Nach Waxman and Matt Sartwell are the owner and manager, respectively, of the celebrated Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore in New York City, which offers 13,000 food- and drink-related titles