Four Kitchens

My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris : A Memoir

Shockey, Lauren

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Four Kitchens
A foodwriter and graduate of the French Culinary Institute recounts her time apprenticing at four high-end restaurants around the world, including under the famed chef Wylie Dufresne at the molecular gastronomy hotspot wd̃50.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0446559873
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 S55913f 2011
Characteristics: viii, 337 p. ;,22 cm


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Mar 10, 2014
  • dprodrig rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting look at how restaurants treat, and benefit from the apprenticeships. Although not a particularly revealing book with lots of "dirt" on the places she's worked, still a very good look at what it means to be working in this industry. Including the poor paying jobs in the back of the kitchen, how you can be stuck repetitively doing the same task and lose sight of the enjoyment of cooking, and a glimpse in how different restaurants are managed.

Aug 16, 2012
  • MollyO rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

My first clue that this wasn't going to be the best was when the author explained that the name of the restaurant wd-50 was both a play on the owner's name and the address AND a play on WD-40, and then goes on to explain what WD-40 is. Overall, it's an interesting read about getting to live and work so many places, if not the most well written.

Jul 10, 2012
  • eevans7 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was a bit disappointed in this book. I love reading memoirs, especially about food, but this one fell a little flat. Beyond the fact that Shockey was lucky enough to not need to work after college and got the opportunity to intern at four amazing restaurants, there wasn't much else going on in this book.


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