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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Henderson Narrator: Jeff Henderson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN:
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This riveting memoir is the incredible story of Jeff Henderson's rollercoaster ride from high-stakes cocaine dealer, to prison inmate, to world-class chef.

Barely old enough to drink legally, Henderson was clearing $35,000 per week as one of the most successful cocaine dealers in San Diego. But when he was 23, he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost 20 years. Hardheaded, Henderson held firmly to his gritty street morals, until the day he was assigned to wash dishes in the prison kitchen. He immediately took an interest in food preparation and eventually determined that when he was released, he would become a chef, no matter what.

An extraordinary tale of crime, punishment, and redemption, Cooked is a glorious testament to the power of the human spirit when faced with seemingly impossible odds.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terrie | 2/18/2014

    " Learned more than I wanted to know about how to be a crack dealer. I wish he had spent more of the book discussing his time after prison becoming a chef, rather than on his life before and during prison. There's plenty of prison memoirs out there, notably Jeffrey Archer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/11/2014

    " Quite excellent ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helena | 2/2/2014

    " This a a must read for all young males, not matter what your race or age for that matter.It's a true life, I Made IT without sports. Just hard work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Luks | 1/28/2014

    " This was an interesting read, I had seen him speak at a conference recently and he was pretty impressive. Nice to see the dertmination set forth to get on the right track. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maegan Blackwell | 1/18/2014

    " recommended by NPR, my husband. An interested memoir. Jeff Henderson has a big ego, but his story is admirable. Going from a big time crack dealer, to prison, to a chef fighting his way up the ranks in the high end restaurant business. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/4/2014

    " Worthwhile reading. Fascinating look into drug dealing past and prison life. Appreciate that he acknowledges his mistakes while providing insight as to why he made them. Reading about professional chefs was a new view of the high-end restaurant industry. Especially interesting after having recently read from the perspective of a food critic in "Born Round". The author is clearly a gifted leader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 marmix | 12/21/2013

    " I didn't read the Kindle edition despite the image above. I liked this one, it was coarse and gritty - a little like a Donald Goines novel, but with food - and reading it made me feel tough. I would have liked it more if Henderson focused this more on the food. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kosh Koshover | 12/8/2013

    " An interesting story of a man who turned his life around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D Kimbrew | 11/15/2013

    " Just because you go bad doesn't mean you have to stay bad. I liked this book...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Rutherford | 11/10/2013

    " What a life this man has had. He used his intelligence in such negative ways for such a long time, then when he was in prison (really HARD time prison), he discovered cooking and it changed his life. His struggles to make it as a top chef with his record impressed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules | 10/17/2013

    " What an inspiring story! Although it did make me realize I never want to be a chef-its a lot of work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 8/7/2013

    " This book was amazing. I dreamed about it every night after reading it. The story of his redemption through cooking is inspiring. Give this book to people who say you can't change yor life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jdevoss | 4/29/2013

    " Gritty. Describes his life from a crack dealer to a head chef in Las Vegas. Henderson went on to host a reality show trying to help youths through culinary training. A great story in and of itself, but also a great inspirational book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/19/2013

    " I really liked this story, but I'm really looking forward to my kids getting older so they can read this story about a man who didn't fall prey to our "victim culture" and bettered himself despite the trouble he got himself into. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 7/27/2012

    " a bit too ego driven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtru | 3/26/2012

    " An interesting and entertaining read even though I think he's kind of full of it throughout a lot of the story. What's he's accomplished is still pretty amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Ann | 6/20/2011

    " This was an inspirational story that gives me hope for my kids. The language was tough to listen to, but Jeff's drive is to be admired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misa212 | 6/5/2011

    " Heartening, wonderful. A great antidote if you're feeling cynical - very involving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 4/25/2011

    " Got a coy of this book at the TRH conference in Florida, and the author, Jeff Henderson, was the keynote seaker at the Tuesday general session.

    I loved his presentation, and I read the book on the lane home. Terrific story, interesting and inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 3/22/2011

    " This book was great, I really loved it. It was well written and inspiring, fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 marmix | 9/1/2010

    " I didn't read the Kindle edition despite the image above. I liked this one, it was coarse and gritty - a little like a Donald Goines novel, but with food - and reading it made me feel tough. I would have liked it more if Henderson focused this more on the food. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/27/2010

    " Not particularly well written but a fascinating account of drug dealer turned chef nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/4/2010

    " Wonderful story of self-discovery and redemption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/4/2010

    " Wonderful story of redemption and self-discovery. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 4/11/2010

    " Amazing story of having a dream and following through to make it come true. I was a little disheartened that Jeff had to find self-worth from inmates rather than the staff in the BOP. His story is very encouraging that ex-inmates can turn their lives around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/14/2010

    " What a life this man has had. He used his intelligence in such negative ways for such a long time, then when he was in prison (really HARD time prison), he discovered cooking and it changed his life. His struggles to make it as a top chef with his record impressed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtru | 1/11/2010

    " An interesting and entertaining read even though I think he's kind of full of it throughout a lot of the story. What's he's accomplished is still pretty amazing. "

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