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Don't Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World's Greatest Cooks and Chefs [Hardcover]

Andrew Friedman , Kimberly Witherspoon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4 Sep 2006
Even the world's finest chefs and cooks have their off days. In Don't Try This At Home, thirty-three chefs and food-writers talk about the times when it all went terribly wrong. There are stories about greedy pets, clumsy waiters and drunken maitre d's; the food that fails to arrive for a party, wedding cakes that disintegrate, the terrine that falls into a bowl of chocolate sauce. Then there are the rueful, embarrassed stories of errant youth. How the chefs manage to save the day is as entertaining as the disasters that strike them. Funny, cringe-making, and terribly reassuring Don't Try This At Home is a delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren't always perfect.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747581851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747581857
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3.2 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 985,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Calling all foodies: Be sure to put Don't Try This at Home on your next shopping list ... The reader is treated to a collection of spectacular mishaps from award-winning, world-class chefs' Grand Rapids Press (USA) '[Confessions] range from the endearingly humiliating ... to the hilariously disastrous' Financial Times 'As in every other profession, chefs love their war stories. Finally someone had the good sense to collect some of the best in Don't Try This at Home ... If you liked Kitchen Confidential for its frank behind-the-scenes glimpses of kitchen life, you'll love this book' Los Angeles Times 'A fantastic collection of personal stories that depict these great chefs as real people. Readers are certain to learn valuable culinary lessons from chefs' mistakes and their various and creatively solved dilemmas. This book is sure to be enjoyed by culinary fans across the board' Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kimberly Witherspoon is a partner at Inkwell Management, a literary agency based in Manhattan. Andrew Friedman writes about food, restaurants, and kitchen culture and has co-authored more than a dozen cookbooks. He lives in New York City with his family.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I still cant decide........ 17 Jan 2009
Just who this book is really aimed at, Is it aimed at chefs or Amateurs? The book is basically 30 or so short stories from each of the chefs, This is where the problem lies for me, If you have lots of other books at home about chefs and cooking then no doubt you will of read a lot of these stories before so really it is just compressing your 30 books into one!

So am I pleased a bought it? Yes there is a few chefs I have not read about before and I could also spend all day reading of stories from the kitchen!!

Go Ahead I dont think you will be disappointed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining easy reading 13 Sep 2009
When I bought this book I thought that there would be more stories about 'how I burnt my pancakes once..' But no. And actually it turned out better than I expected. The book includes a lot of short funny stories from the world known cooks about some funny and interesting situations during their professional life (eg, how the whole stuff got drunk while serving guests at dinner, what kind of interesting clients you have in Hamptons, etc).
Easy reading.
Now it's fun to share these stories as small talk in parties.. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting behind the scenes 24 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lots of little stories about mistakes chefs have made, well worth a read and hope you aren't on the receiving end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Conflicting Title 7 Mar 2011
The book is OK but the title of Culinary Catastrophes and Don't Try this at Home was misleading. The catastrophes center around large commercial kitchens and they do not offer any viable tips for the home cook. It is a very quick read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Insightful 10 April 2009
Some of the world's best chefs have contributed stories of their mishaps in the kitchen, there are some really funny stories here. It's great to see that the chefs who always look as though they cook to perfection are real people too!
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