Sous Chef 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… Sous Chef 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… 2014-03-25 Memoir Ballantine Books
Book Review

Sous Chef (2014)

SOUS CHEF Michael Gibney
SOUS CHEF Michael Gibney
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2014; Writer: Michael Gibney; Genre: Memoir; Publisher: Ballantine Books

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

Originally posted Mar 19, 2014 Published in issue #1304 Mar 28, 2014 Order article reprints