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Author: Michael Gibney Narrator: Fred Berman Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780804192101
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NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME The back must slave to feed the belly. . . . In this urgent and unique book, chef Michael Gibney uses twenty-four hours to animate the intricate camaraderie and culinary choreography in an upscale New York restaurant kitchen. Here readers will find all the details, in rapid-fire succession, of what it takes to deliver an exceptional plate of food—the journey to excellence by way of exhaustion.   Told in second-person narrative, Sous Chef is an immersive, adrenaline-fueled run that offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the food service industry, allowing readers to briefly inhabit the hidden world behind the kitchen doors, in real time. This exhilarating account provides regular diners and food enthusiasts alike a detailed insider’s perspective, while offering fledgling professional cooks an honest picture of what the future holds, ultimately giving voice to the hard work and dedication around which chefs have built their careers.   In a kitchen where the highest standards are upheld and one misstep can result in disaster, Sous Chef conjures a greater appreciation for the thought, care, and focus that go into creating memorable and delicious fare. With grit, wit, and remarkable prose, Michael Gibney renders a beautiful and raw account of this demanding and sometimes overlooked profession, offering a nuanced perspective on the craft and art of food and service. Includes a bonus PDF with a glossary and supplemental graphics   Praise for Sous Chef   “This is excellent writing—excellent!—and it is thrilling to see a debut author who has language and story and craft so well in hand. Though I would never ask my staff to read my own book, I would happily require them to read Michael Gibney’s.”—Gabrielle Hamilton   “[Michael] Gibney has the soul of a poet and the stamina of a stevedore. . . . Tender and profane, his book will leave you with a permanent appreciation for all those people who ‘desire to feed, to nourish, to dish out the tasty bits of life.’”The New York Times Book Review   “A terrific nuts-and-bolts account of the real business of cooking as told from the trenches. No nonsense. This is what it takes.”—Anthony Bourdain   “A wild ride, not unlike a roller coaster, and the reader experiences all the drama, tension, exhilaration, exhaustion and relief that accompany cooking in an upscale Manhattan restaurant.”—USA Today   “Vibrantly written.”Entertainment Weekly   “Sizzling . . . Such culinary experience paired with linguistic panache is a rarity.”The Daily Beast   “Reveals the high-adrenaline dance behind your dinner.”—NPR Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrific nuts-and-bolts account of the real business of cooking as told from the trenches. No nonsense. This is what it takes.”

    Anthony Bourdain

  • “This is excellent writing—excellent!—and it is thrilling to see a debut author who has language and story and craft so well in hand. Though I would never ask my staff to read my own book, I would happily require them to read Michael Gibney’s.”

    Gabrielle Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author of Blood, Bones & Butter

  • “Gibney has a fine ear for language and delivers an extraordinary amount of information about ingredients and techniques.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Forgoing the usual route of outrageous stories, name dropping, or straight ahead cookbooks, Gibney writes about what it’s actually like to work in the kitchen of a fine dining restaurant…An experienced chef with an MFA in nonfiction, Gibney is as skilled with words as he is with his eleven-inch Sujihiki knife.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Gibney, who reads his own introduction, takes listeners into the kitchen of an upscale city restaurant, showing the unglamorous world of a professional sous chef…Narrator Fred Berman’s enthusiastic performance not only emphasizes the nonstop action and drama of working the line but holds listeners’ attention as the cooks prepare for the evening service…Berman sustains his energy and expressiveness even throughout the descriptive passages that focus on restaurant minutiae, and his pronunciations of the technical and foreign terms are generally spot-on.”

    AudioFile

  • “An experienced sous chef and first-time author skillfully deconstructs a twenty-four-hour work cycle of a sous chef in a New York kitchen…Gibney ably relays mountains of information in this remarkable trek through his storehouse of knowledge. Sumptuously entertaining fare.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Gibney’s first book takes listeners through twenty-four hours in the life of a sous chef and other members of a restaurant’s supporting cast, all of whom are a little rougher around the edges than the sophisticated food they create…Reader Fred Berman does an admirable job of placing the listener at the center of the chaotic dance that is the back of the house. Gibney’s detailed descriptions help illustrate the impressive amount of skill necessary to transform ingredients into a great dish and successfully demonstrates what separates fine dining from regular restaurant fare.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “A good cook chooses ingredients carefully, just as a writer must select the right words. Michael Gibney is a word cook of the highest order, and this book will leave you licking your fingers.”

    Gary Shteyngart. author of Little Failure

  • And Amazon Best Book April 2014

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About the Author

Michael Gibney began working in restaurants at the age of sixteen and assumed his first sous chef position at twenty-two. He ascended to executive sous chef while at Tavern on the Green, where he managed an eighty-person staff. He's worked in the kitchens of Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn's DUMBO, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work alongside cooks and chefs from many of the nation's best restaurants. In addition to his experience in the food service industry, Gibney also holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Fred Berman has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is an actor of theater, film, and television whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.