Sous Chef by Michael GibneyMy rating: Nonfiction
Source: Publisher (via Netgalley)
How much do you know about what goes on in a restaurant kitchen?
I've worked in professional catering, but I've always managed to avoid this kind of high-pressure restaurant environment... and for good reason. This slim volume gives a blow-by-blow account of a typical day at a small-yet-aspirational restaurant in a big city. There are flaring tempers, culinary disasters, and even a visit from the critics to keep things interesting.
This is one of very few books I've read that are written in second person - but it works to put you in the shoes of the sous chef for a day on the line. A very quick read but one that definitely gives you a feel for the life of an exhausted, ambitious sous chef.