Life, on the Line

Life, on the Line

A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

Book - 2011
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Achatz, "one of America's great chefs" ("Vogue"), shares how his drive to cook immaculate food won him international renown--and fueled his miraculous triumph over tongue cancer. "Life, on the Line" is also a book about survival, about nurturing creativity, and about profound friendship.
Publisher: New York, NY : Gotham Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781592406012
1592406017
Branch Call Number: 641.5092/ACHATZ
Characteristics: x, 390 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kokonas, Nick

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amandamonkey Mar 20, 2013

I enjoyed the story, but Chef could've used a ghost writer. It took a while for me to get into it because I found his literary voice to be annoying. I still recommend it if you're a fan.

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FlagrantMary
Jun 24, 2012

Compelling, fun read. This really helped me understand my chef and restaurant owners a little better. The author really seems to have a singular obsession and even cancer couldn't hold him back.

mmwilkes May 22, 2012

I could not in good conscience give this book any more stars. It was highly readable especially if you are either a foodie, a wine drinker or an entrepreneur. However, as a mother, halfway through the book, I realized Grant achieved his success at the expense of his family. They are given the bare minimum mention in the book which I found almost offensive. I'm not a fan of narcissists who achieve at the expense of others around them.

debwalker Jul 29, 2011

An award-winning chef describes how he lost his sense of taste to cancer, a setback that prompted him to discover alternate cooking methods and create his celebrated progressive cuisine.

meggielvdl May 03, 2011

A great read, part biography, part business plan, friendship story, but mostly inspirational. Just wish I could afford to eat at his resturants.

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