JoJo Marshall
March 21, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sous Chef

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michael Gibney
publisher
Ballantine Books
genre
Memoir

We gave it a B

Michael Gibney has turned his time in Manhattan restaurant kitchens into a second-person narrative that lets the reader see what it’s like to spend 24 hours as a professional sous chef. For Top Chef enthusiasts — or anyone looking for a glimpse behind the kitchen doors — Sous Chef is a vibrantly written guide to terminology and process, with plenty of real-time detail and a dash of kitchen gossip. But there aren’t enough anecdotes to sustain the casual reader until the last 30 pages, which give a humorous account of the staff after their shift, throwing themselves ”headlong into the clutches of vice.” B

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