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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,556 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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