The Making of a Chef

The Making of a Chef

Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

By Michael Ruhlman

Henry Holt & Company, Paperback, 9780805089394, 305pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2009


"Well reported and heartfelt, Ruhlman communicates the passion that draws the acolyte to this precise and frantic profession." "The New York Times Book Review"

Just over a decade ago, journalist Michael Ruhlman donned a chef's jacket and houndstooth-check pants to join the students at the Culinary Institute of America, the country's oldest and most influential cooking school. But "The Making of a Chef" is not just about holding a knife or slicing an onion; it's also about the nature and spirit of being a professional cook and the people who enter the profession. As Ruhlman now an expert on the fundamentals of cooking recounts his growing mastery of the skills of his adopted profession, he propels himself and his readers through a score of kitchens and classrooms in search of the elusive, unnameable elements of great food.

Incisively reported, with an insider's passion and attention to detail, "The Making of a Chef" remains the most vivid and compelling memoir of a professional culinary education on record.

About the Author
Michael Ruhlman is the author of more than a dozen 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".