The Reach of a Chef

Professional Cooks in the Age of Celebrity

By Michael Ruhlman
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143112075, 338pp.)

Publication Date: June 2007

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The author of "The Soul of a Chef" looks at the new role of the chef in contemporary culture
For his previous explorations into the restaurant kitchen and the men and women who call it home, Michael Ruhlman has been described by Anthony Bourdain as ?the greatest living writer on the subject of chefs?and on the business of preparing food.? "In The Reach of a Chef," Ruhlman examines the profound shift in American culture that has raised restaurant cooking to the level of performance art and the status of the chef to celebrity CEO. Bibliophiles and foodies alike will savor this intimate meeting with some of the most famous chefs in the kitchens of the hottest restaurants in the world.

About the Author
Michael Ruhlman is the author of books including "The Making of a Chef", "The Elements of Cooking" and "The French Laundry Cookbook". He lives in Cleveland with his wife, daughter, and son and is a frequent contributor to "The New York Times" and "Gourmet".
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