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Life on the Line - Grant Achatz

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by ChicagoRon, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. foodguy

    foodguy Senior member

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    Well Wagner was actually an extremely prolific writer so his views on politics and music were very well known.

    then it's fair commentary when reviewing the books, but not so much when reviewing the operas (unless they happen to be full of aryan mythology).
    it was presented as being written by him. he's a smart guy, so i can believe it. there were lots of intrusive chapters from his partner, the money guy, who seems very full of himself. i imagine it was a bear to edit. most chef books that involve food are ghost-written. many "memoirs" are as well. that's a given in this category. i have friends who make most of their livings doing that.
     


  2. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    wait ... so there's a chance that Snooki didn't really write her own book?
     


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    foodguy Senior member

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    wait ... so there's a chance that Snooki didn't really write her own book?

    no. that's hers. i've seen the crayons.
     


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    gomestar Super Yelper

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    no. that's hers. i've seen the crayons.

    thank god!! [​IMG]


    now foodguy, what are some good food-related books you would recommend? Not yours, they're already on my list.
     


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    mm84321 Senior member

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    The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan is very good.
     


  6. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    the reason not to listen to Wagner is not that he was anti-Semitic but that he was a compositional blowhard. No composer ever benefited more from a highlights disk.

    Anyway, are you guys saying that Achatz screwed over Keller? I thought he just left to do his own thing, happens all the time, right?
     


  7. foodguy

    foodguy Senior member

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    Anyway, are you guys saying that Achatz screwed over Keller? I thought he just left to do his own thing, happens all the time, right?

    nope. he did right by thomas. it was the guy who brought him out to Chicago and gave him his own restaurant. i'm not sure "screwed over" is the right term. i think "discarded without much thought when something better came along" is more fitting.
     


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    foodguy Senior member

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    now foodguy, what are some good food-related books you would recommend? Not yours, they're already on my list.

    if you want a chef bio, i think jacques pepin's is good. it's pretty stereotypical (and ghost-written) but interesting. tony bourdain's first book is still very good, i think. and if you want to know how a great chef thinks, i still think the TFL book is very good (also ghosted). i also like ruhlman's book on making of a chef. he's a bit worshipful, but i get that. if you want a really terrific book on cooking, check out a copy of "auberge of the flowering hearth." that's a classic.
    for other things ... Pollan is good, but his more recent books are better (or at least more in keeping with my views on the subject). food and ag politics are complicated and the more hard lines you try to draw, the more mistakes and generalizations you make. and to get the other side, "Just Food" does a very good job without being too ag chamber-of-commercy.
     


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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I would have a hard time reading the autobiography of a chef.
     


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    foodguy Senior member

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    I liked this book:
    [​IMG]

    http://www.amazon.com/Heat-Adventure.../dp/1400041201


    yeah, i forgot that one. the first half was terrific. a great writer writing about life in a kitchen. it kind of tailed off for me in the second half, when he decided he didn't have enough to make a book out of what he had. description is great, but ultimately i wondered "why is this guy so obsessed?" then it occurred to me: he had to fill out anohter half of a book.
     


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    I would have a hard time reading the autobiography of a chef.

    Umm trying writing one (not your autobiography but the bio of someone presented as being self written.)
     


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    Umm trying writing one (not your autobiography but the bio of someone presented as being self written.)

    Are you saying that you have written one?
     


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    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    i liked the start of it ... but i found the second half wearing.

    yeah, i forgot that one. the first half was terrific. a great writer writing about life in a kitchen. it kind of tailed off for me in the second half, w
    Maybe your attention span is growing weak in your old age...
     


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    Are you saying that you have written one?
    Obviously not about myself, and it hasn't been published. Legal troubles on the part of the person trying to publish it.
     


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