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Cooking Dirty [Hardcover]

Jason Sheehan
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1 Mar 2010
From his first job scraping trays at a pizzeria at the age of fifteen, Jason Sheehan has worked at all kinds of restaurants across America, from Buffalo to Tampa to Albuquerque: at a French colonial and an all-night diner, at a crab shack just off the interstate and a fusion restaurant in a former hair salon. In "Cooking Dirty" he tells the story of one man's addiction to the urgency, stress, and adrenalin of minimum-wage kitchen work. His universe becomes 'a small, steel box filled with knives and meat and fire', where the kitchen is a fraternity with its own rites and initiations: cigarettes in the walk-in freezer, sex in the basement, drugs everywhere. Restaurant cooking sets a series of seemingly endless personal challenges, from the first perfectly done mussel to the satisfaction of surgically sliced foie gras. The kitchen itself is a place in which life's mysteries are thawed, sliced, broiled, barbecued, and fried - a place where people from the margins find their community and their calling. Cooking Dirty is a passionate, funny, electrifying memoir of addiction: an addiction to kitchen work. It reveals the hell and glory of restaurant life, as told by a survivor. Jason Sheehan is his own unforgettable central character - edgy, driven, irresistible. Eating out will never be the same again.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848871880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848871885
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The best of [the new chef memoirs] by a mile... by a former chef of no particular distinction named Jason Sheehan, now an extraordinarily good food writer' Time

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Jason Sheehan won a James Beard Award - America's top food awards - in 2003. His work has appeared in Best American Food Writing every year for the past five years.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cooked up a storm. 23 April 2010
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I bought this after reading a review in the Observer. It was a gift for my son's Bithday. he is a Kitchen Manager for a large pub chain.

He has very much enjoyed reading it.
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