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4.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 54.34 out of 5 4.34 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacques Pepin Narrator: Michel Chevalier Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN:
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In this captivating memoir, the man whom Julia Child has called the best chef in America tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nation's tastes in the bargain.

As a homesick 6-year-old boy in war-ravaged France, Jacques works on a farm in exchange for food, dodging bombs, and bearing witness as German soldiers capture his father, a fighter in the Resistance. Soon Jacques is caught up in the hurly-burly action of his mother's cafe, where he proves a natural. He endures a literal trial by fire and works his way up the ladder in France's most famous restaurant, finally becoming Charles de Gaulle's personal chef. When he comes to America, he falls in with a small group of as-yet-unknown food lovers, including Craig Claiborne, James Beard, and Julia Child. The master of the American art of reinvention, Jacques goes on to earn a graduate degree from Columbia University, turn down a job as John F. Kennedy's chef to work at Howard Johnson's, and, after a near-fatal car accident, switch careers to become a charismatic leader in the revolution that changed the way Americans approached food.

The Apprentice is the poignant and sometimes funny tale of a boy's coming of age. It is also the story of America's culinary awakening and the transformation of food from an afterthought to a national preoccupation.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/19/2014

    " The fact that it took me many months to finish this book is no reflection on my enjoyment of the book. I loved it. It was a real page-turner, when I was able to pick it up. I wish I lived next door to Monsieur Pepin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/16/2014

    " Awesome autobiography. It spoke of passion, friends, hard work, humor, adventure, determination. Totally solidified my belief that Jacques Pepin is a remarkable man & chef. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Holter | 2/14/2014

    " There is an entire subtext in this story about the development of a chef. It is also a tale of decision making in the course of life, and of relying on an intuitive sense of what is right at each moment - and never looking back and second-guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2014

    " Loved this book. It felt like I was having a conversation with Jaques about his life. He's done so much and really embraced his life in the states with enthusiasm for both the French way of cooking and new ways from America. Bravo! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/22/2013

    " Very interesting. I especially enjoyed learning about his apprentice years in France. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Wiley | 12/15/2013

    " I love my Jacques Pepin cookbooks - and I think this book summarize him beautifully. It illustrates clearly his love of food and traditional French cooking, but also his willingness to explore beyond classical cuisine. I had no idea he had be chef to Charles de Gaulle - and learning how he got his start in America was fascinating. His lack of pretension that makes him successful on TV clearly comes through, as does his personality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 12/9/2013

    " I thought that this book was great. Very entertaining, great recipes, and an amazing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/1/2013

    " Have never seen his show but have tried his recipes. This was a very enjoyably memoir. The "apprenticeship" process of becoming a chef in France was enlightening. I especially liked Pepin's many references to French country cooking, using game and foraging to create the masterpieces France is so known for. An easy, well-written and honest memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawne | 11/29/2013

    " One of the best food memoirs I've read. Readers interested in French culture & cooking and food history or the evolution of a profession should put this at the top of their lists. I found it particularly compelling as a work narrative, as it tells the story of how a passion for cooking grew out of family and fellowship and into an extraordinary career. Food historians and gossips will love the intimate portraits of Howard Johnson, Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, Pierre Franey and James Beard, among others. I particularly enjoyed Pepin's descriptions of his foraging missions and home renovations on Long Island and in Connecticut, as well as his insightful commentary on food trends and, especially, his summary of his academic career at Boston University. If I ever decide to return to graduate school, the first place I will turn is to the M. A. program in gastronomy that he helped launch there in 1992. I look forward to reading the selections he lists as part of his dissertation proposal on French literature and food. Excellent memoir all around! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/17/2013

    " just started this and love it already. His childhood during WWII is so poignant, yet he himself is full of fun and sees the bright side. Also been running to the kitchen whenever he mentions a favorite food lol. This makes me want to try his recipes! A winner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mollie *scoutrmom* | 10/9/2013

    " The magnificent chef writes well about a fascinating life. The only thing that I had trouble with is that he did and still does eat frogs. C'est la vie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/22/2013

    " Jacques Pepin seemed to have a good time writing the book. Lots of detail about how he rose through the ranks to become the chef he was and is. The only thing I was hoping was a little more about his friendship with Julia Child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/7/2013

    " Completely delightful. A wonderful read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 3/23/2012

    " The first half was phenomenal and the second half was just OK, but still well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine | 1/5/2012

    " This delightful memoir documents the journey of this French boy of humble beginnings to TV presonality. It is rich with personal history, succulent food references, familiar food celebrities, family relationships and inspiration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 12/17/2011

    " Not a great writer, but a great life to read about. (though for foodies only, perhaps.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stella | 12/2/2011

    " Listened to on CD. First I couldn't get used to the narrator and his French accent, but then it grew on me. Jacques Pepin is an amazing person with a great life story - and he writes about it in simple, pleasant, unassuming prose. A very nice read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freder | 4/9/2011

    " A fine memoir, full of great stories -- and my very first project as a typesetter at Thorndike Press. It was a great way to begin a job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hulananni | 5/16/2010

    " What fun to read!...and I'm going to try Maman's pastry recipe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nissa | 12/22/2009

    " This book is really good. I loved reading every single bit of the book. This book is for people who like to learn about a cooks life and loves to cook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/4/2009

    " It was interesting that Pepin didn't understand that Craig Claiborne was more famous and was still better remembered than Pierre Franey and even Pepin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/12/2009

    " Great story, truly inspiring and well-reflected view on all a great man has accomplished. Narrative is fun and playful while not skipping the challenging parts of his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stef | 1/13/2007

    " Jacques Pepin becomes even more likealbe after reading this biography. His recipes are homey, comforting, and all sound delicioys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxy | 12/27/2006

    " I adored this book for the charm of Jacques Pepin's story. I loved the details of the food revolution in the 1950/60s and his descriptions of New York. I'm absolutely going to try some of the recipes that are included! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 12/19/2006

    " Super fun, informative, interesting read about French chefs and the American restaurant shift of the 1960s/1070s - i love to cook, and pepin reminds me of why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/23/2006

    " I always enjoyed watching Jacques Pepin on PBS and I like him even more after reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 12/8/2005

    " I had no idea just how accomplished he is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Stoecker | 2/11/2005

    " This is a wonderful biography, whether you know how to cook or not. If you like to eat and you love a good personal story this is one you should add to your list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 12/1/2004

    " Loved this book. An interesting, easy read that reminded me why I love to watch Pepin on the PBS cooking shows. His recipe for Eggs Jeanette was a hit at the dinner table. :) Thanks, Jacques! "

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