Saturday, July 30, 2011

Four Kitchens by Lauren Shockey

 Four Kitchens: My Life Behind The Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv and Paris by Lauren Shockey recounts her year apprenticing at four different restaurants around the world. She started in New York at wd-50, then she went to Hanoi, Vietnam at La Verticale, then Tel Aviv at Carmella Bistro, and finally to Paris at Senderens. While Lauren studied in culinary school, her real training came through the experiences she gained in these kitchens.
The end of each chapter included recipes adapted from the various restaurants. Several of these recipes are only good if one has specialty stores nearby for some of the more unusual ingredients and may be a little too high brow for the average good. Regardless this book is a great read for food lovers around the world. Shockey explains a lot of the terms she uses so the reader will understand both the structure of a professional kitchen and some of the basics of professional cooking.

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