Talking With My Mouth Full

Talking With My Mouth Full

My Life as A Professional Eater

Book - 2012
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When Top Chef judge Gail Simmons first graduated from college, she felt hopelessly lost. All her friends were going to graduate school, business school, law school . . . but what was she going to do? Fortunately, a family friend gave her some invaluable advice-make a list of what you love to do, and let that be your guide. Gail wrote down four words:

Eat. Write. Travel. Cook.

Little did she know, those four words would become the basis for a career as a professional eater, cook, food critic, magazine editor, and television star. Today, she's the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, permanent judge on Top Chef, and Special Projects Director at Food & Wine magazine. She travels all over the world, eats extraordinary food, and meets fascinating people. She's living the dream that so many of us who love to cook and eat can only imagine. But how did she get there?

Talking with My Mouth Full follows her unusual and inspiring path to success, step-by-step and bite-by-bite. It takes the reader from her early years, growing up in a household where her mother ran a small cooking school, her father made his own wine, and family vacation destinations included Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East; through her adventures at culinary school in New York City and training as an apprentice in two of New York's most acclaimed kitchens; and on to her time spent assisting Vogue's legendary food critic Jeffrey Steingarten, working for renowned chef Daniel Boulud, and ultimately landing her current jobs at Food & Wine and on Top Chef. The book is a tribute to the incredible meals and mentors she's had along the way, examining the somewhat unconventional but always satisfying journey she has taken in order to create a career that didn't even exist when she first started working toward it.

With memorable stories about the greatest (and worst) dishes she's eaten, childhood and behind-the-scenes photos, and recipes from Gail's family and her own kitchen, Talking with My Mouth Full is a true treat.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2012.
ISBN: 9781401324506
Characteristics: 270 p. ;,24 cm.


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ksoles Jun 28, 2012

Gail Simmons obviously loves her job. Even after years working in the culinary industry, she remains in awe of food, displaying a love for it so powerful that the reader can't help but fall under its spell. "Talking With My Mouth Full" may not contain the best technical writing but Simmons certainly shows off her talents as a story-teller, which more than make up for some awkward lists and phrasing.

Simmons knew she wanted to write about food and she put a huge amount of work into making her dreams a reality. She went to culinary school and worked in some very prestigious New York kitchens; she worked with Jeffrey Steingarten, the venerable food writer for Vogue, and Daniel Bouloud; she found her way to Food & Wine and, finally onto Top Chef. She modestly attributes most of her success to luck but, in truth, she let her passion lead her and she put real effort into her success.

Throughout the book, we get enlightening glimpses into Gail's life, the inner workings of restaurants, and behind the scenes information about how Top Chef is made. Finally, we hear her first-hand experience of how hard it is to be a female chef in an industry that is overwhelmingly male.

LaimaA May 08, 2012

This is a quick, easy, and entertaining read. There are no heartbreaking confessions or mortifying divulging. This autobiography is light, airy, and sweet like a Pavlova. And sometimes a Pavlova really hits the spot.

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