Passion. If you think Alinea chef Grant Achatz’ cooking is quirky, interesting and enjoyable, you’re likely to feel the same about his memoir, Life, on the Line. Not only does he tell his own story, but his business partner, Nick Kononas, injects a second voice to enhance the story of the life of chef Achatz so far. This memoir is a captivating story of the relentless pursuit of becoming the best at the work for which one has passion. In the case of Achatz, it has been cooking for his whole life. From the family restaurant in Michigan, to culinary school, to Thomas Keller and the French Laundry, and onto his award-winning Alinea, Achatz tells the story of working hard at what he loves to do. He became ill with life-threatening stage 4 cancer, and the standard protocols for treatment would have removed his tongue, rendering him useless as a chef. An alternative treatment worked, and while he lost all taste for months, he is now back in the kitchen and opening a new venture. Even those readers who have no interest in cooking will find this book to be an inspirational story of persistence, hard work, and the relentless pursuit of a dream.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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