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The Chef Says
Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom
Nach Waxman, Matt Sartwell

ISBN 9781616892494
Publication date 8/19/2014
5 x 7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm), Hardcover
160 pages
Rights: World;

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Clean plates don t lie.---Dan Barber

Great chefs are neither self-effacing nor meek. Theres no room for manners in the professional kitchen, where the slightest stumble can send an entire restaurant into the weeds. So it follows that even in quieter moments, what chefs have to say is always opinionated and always illuminating. The Chef Says is an invitation to the ultimate food lovers dinner party, where cooks from ancient Greece rub shoulders and talk shop with todays rising stars. These unruly culinarians compliment, compete, and disagree with one another as they discuss childhood and training, taste preferences and trends, the quest for perfection, and the grueling but exhilarating business of opening a restaurant. The Chef Says will captivate anyone who has ever worked in a kitchen, been inspired by a flawlessly ripe tomato, or resolved a crisis by adding more butter.
  • The fourth volume in our successful Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom series, following The Architect Says, The Designer Says, and The Filmmaker Says
  • The first compendium to focus solely on quotations from chefs themselves, its the perfect gift for professionals, foodies, home cooks, and anyone interested in culinary culture
  • Features 150 quotes from an international roster of chefs, including Mario Batali, James Beard, Anthony Bourdain, Julia Child, Sally Clarke, Tom Colicchio, Elizabeth David, Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, and Alice Waters


Authors Nach Waxman and Matt Sartwell are the owners of the celebrated Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore in New York City, which offers 13,000 food and-drink-related titles

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Editorial Reviews


Parade magazine:
"There's plenty of food for thought to be found in the charming new book The Chef Says."

Cool Hunting:
"The book appeals to anyone who's ever worked in a kitchen, appreciates a fine meal or understands that at its very core, cooking is a highly refined art. With urgency and opposition as the through-lines, each page evokes the sensation of wisdom hewn from the high-adrenaline environment of a bustling kitchen. The conscious variation in quotations offers a wide array of thought, humor and motivation."

Food Management magazine:
"Flip open The Chef Says to any page, and you'll learn a little more about what it means to serve food with passion."

Restaurant Hospitality Magazine:
"This compilation reminds foodservice professionals why they chose their careers in the first place and captures the range of stress, lessons and humor found in professional kitchens."

Chicago Tribune:
"A fine gift for someone dreaming of a sweet life in a Michelin-starred kitchen, it's also perfect for creating party games."

Wallpaper* magazine:
"The Chef Says will surely tickle the taste buds of any inquisitive food lover."



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