'memoirs' on Serious Eats

Serious Reads: Life, on the Line, by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas

Few chefs have caught the media's attention as powerfully as Grant Achatz, chef/owner of Alinea restaurant in Chicago. His food is inventive and constantly surprising, and Alinea was titled the Best Restaurant in North America by Gourmet in 2006, the seventh best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine in 2010, and Achatz received the James Beard award for Outstanding Chef in 2008—all before he hit 40. But the onslaught of accolades became near-irrelevant when, in 2007, Achatz was diagnosed with stage-four squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 81: A Frank Chat with Frank Bruni on Being 'Born Round'

"I was objectively chubby by age four, fat by age six, and was on the Atkins diet for the first time at age eight." --Frank Bruni Photographs by Robyn Lee For all of the serious eaters who overdosed on the hype surrounding Julie & Julia (hey, the back of my head was in the movie, so if I'm guilty as charged there's a good reason for that), I'm giving you a heads-up that the hoopla accompanying the publication of Born Round, now former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni's memoir, is going to make Julie & Julia seem like it was an under-the-radar phenomenon. The book is in stores today, so let the Bruni media madness begin (it actually... More

Is Marco Pierre White Coming to America?

Gordon Ramsay's mentor/nemesis Marco Pierre White, both the first bad boy celebrity chef and the youngest person to have three Michelin stars, has a new memoir out this coming week, The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef. His interview with Josh "Mr. Cutlets" Ozersky at New York Magazine's Grub Street stirs up all sorts of delicious questions, like: Will he be opening a restaurant in the U.S.? Will it be in New York, or Vegas? Is he going into partnership wth Mario Batali? Me, I love all this speculation—considering Ramsay's first foray into the States was found to be so uninspired that he fired his chef de cuisine, a longtime employee... More

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