Talking With My Mouth Full

Talking With My Mouth Full

My Life as A Professional Eater

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
When Gail Simmons first graduated from college, she felt hopelessly lost. What was she going to do? A family friend gave her some invaluable advice--make a list of what you love to do, and let that be your guide. Gail wrote down four words: Eat. Write. Travel. Cook. Little did she know, those four words would become the basis for a career as a professional eater, cook, food critic, magazine editor, and television star. Today, she's the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, permanent judge on Top Chef, and Special Projects Director at Food & Wine magazine. She travels all over the world, eats extraordinary food, and meets fascinating people. She's living the dream. This book follows her unusual and inspiring path to success, examining the somewhat unconventional but always satisfying journey she has taken in order to create a career that didn't even exist when she first started working toward it.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401324506
Branch Call Number: 641.5092 S5924t 2012
Characteristics: ix, 270 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

ksoles Jun 28, 2012

Gail Simmons obviously loves her job. Even after years working in the culinary industry, she remains in awe of food, displaying a love for it so powerful that the reader can't help but fall under its spell. "Talking With My Mouth Full" may not contain the best technical writing but Simmons certainly shows off her talents as a story-teller, which more than make up for some awkward lists and phrasing.

Simmons knew she wanted to write about food and she put a huge amount of work into making her dreams a reality. She went to culinary school and worked in some very prestigious New York kitchens; she worked with Jeffrey Steingarten, the venerable food writer for Vogue, and Daniel Bouloud; she found her way to Food & Wine and, finally onto Top Chef. She modestly attributes most of her success to luck but, in truth, she let her passion lead her and she put real effort into her success.

Throughout the book, we get enlightening glimpses into Gail's life, the inner workings of restaurants, and behind the scenes information about how Top Chef is made. Finally, we hear her first-hand experience of how hard it is to be a female chef in an industry that is overwhelmingly male.

LaimaA May 08, 2012

This is a quick, easy, and entertaining read. There are no heartbreaking confessions or mortifying divulging. This autobiography is light, airy, and sweet like a Pavlova. And sometimes a Pavlova really hits the spot.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MCL

To Top