Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Armchair Book Review: Four Kitchens

Four Kitchens
My Life Behind the Burner in New York, 
Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris 
by Lauren Shockey  
Hardcover, 352 pages

Imagine graduating from culinary school and having the talent, means, and opportunity to explore four very different professional kitchens, in four corners of the world. 

Food writer Lauren Shockey did just that. In Four Kitchens, Shockey brings us along in her culinary journeys - first to Wylie Dufresne's wd~50 in New York, then Didier Corlou's La Verticale in Hanoi, Daniel Zach's Carmella Bistro in Tel Aviv and finally Alain Senderens Senderens in Paris.

In the introduction, Shockey gives us a $40,000 secret - for all its glamour and mystique, I learned only three things in culinary school: how to salt food properly, not to fear cooking over high heat, and to knock back beers like a pro.

So she charted her own education in the kitchen, by learning from the experts in the field - in four wildly diverse locations. 

Think Heat without the shock value, Shockey is as much journalist as chef in this book, and includes just enough personal anecdotes to give the book an intimate feeling.

Foodies will enjoy living vicariously through Lauren's adventures, triumphs and tribulations in the Four Kitchens, as well as trying out the recipes that come at the end of each chapter. And they will save $40,000! 

Author Lauren Shockey