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The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine (utgåvan 2005)

av Rudolph Chelminski (Författare)

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Bernard Loiseau was one of only 25 French chefs to hold Europe's highest culinary award, three stars in the Michelin Red Guide, and only the second chef to be awarded the Legion of Honor. Despite such triumphs, he shocked the culinary world by taking his own life in February 2003 as rumors swirled that he was on the verge of losing a Michelin star (a prediction that proved to be inaccurate). Journalist Chelminski, who befriended Loiseau three decades ago and followed his rise, now gives us a tour of this hallowed culinary realm, filled with competition, culture wars, and impossibly high standards. This is the story of a daydreaming teenager who worked his way up from obscurity to owning three famous restaurants in Paris and rebuilding La Côte d'Or, a man whose energy and enthusiasm won the hearts of staff and clientele, while self-doubt and cutthroat critics took their toll.--From publisher description.… (mer)
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Titel:The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
Författare:Rudolph Chelminski (Författare)
Info:Gotham (2005), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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It’s better than I initially gave it credit for, being somewhat a man of theory.

It’s a literary entertainment: foreign words and France, that kind of thing. A linguistic entertainment, you might say.

It's not big on reflection. There are no public health resources in the back. But I suppose that is what some people want.

You might learn about chefs, guys on the line of working-class culture and privilege. You might observe that he never bonded with his feminine mystique (#1) wife, that even a good relationship with his (#2) wife was not enough to save him, and that he worked too much. Yes, even though the book doesn’t always make an issue out of it, you might observe that he worked too much. [He took one day off a year, Christmas, like a wealthy version of an American slave, and one year when he had to close the restaurant for a month for remodeling, instead of taking a vacation he spent the whole time looking over the shoulder of the construction crews, giving advice.]

But it’s not going to beat you over the head with the meaningful stuff.

But that’s why you have me.

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It’s hard to feel sympathy for the somewhat superficial business-y picture they give of him; although it’s not entirely impersonal, it risks losing that layer of sympathy.

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But I don’t mind the specificity.

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You know what, it’s fine.
  smallself | Jun 30, 2019 |
It's probably a fascinating story to some, but I just got bogged down and had to be realistic about my chances of ever finishing this book. On the other hand, I'm not generally a big fan of biography, so your results may differ. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 14, 2013 |
The biography of the tragic Chef Bernard Loiseau - an intriguing insight into the inner workings of the Michelin guide, of restaurant life and the harrowing routines professional chefs striving for the best have to go through for the highest prize.

Informative, dramatic, scary and insightful, for me it was a page turner. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the world of professional cooks and its trappings. ( )
  PaolaM | Mar 31, 2013 |
Bernanrd Loiseau was a great chef and a functioning bipolar. After years of workaholism through which he succeeded in making his restaurant, the Cote d'Or, the talk of the food world, he killed himself, leaving behind three young children - and a three star restaurant.

The Perfectionist tells, through the life of Loiseau, the history of French cooking in the transition from Escoffier cuisine to the development of nouvelle cuisine. In doing so it details the bitterness, the competition, and the infighting between great chefs, most of whom worked together as apprehentnices in their youth. The Perfectionist also chronicles everything it takes - as a person, a chef, and a buisnessman - to create and maintain a three star Michelin place. While not the most organized book in the world, and surprisingly full of editorial errors (spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, including over usage of strange words), the fascinating details of the story in itself make this book a worthy read. ( )
  piefuchs | Nov 27, 2007 |
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Bernard Loiseau was one of only 25 French chefs to hold Europe's highest culinary award, three stars in the Michelin Red Guide, and only the second chef to be awarded the Legion of Honor. Despite such triumphs, he shocked the culinary world by taking his own life in February 2003 as rumors swirled that he was on the verge of losing a Michelin star (a prediction that proved to be inaccurate). Journalist Chelminski, who befriended Loiseau three decades ago and followed his rise, now gives us a tour of this hallowed culinary realm, filled with competition, culture wars, and impossibly high standards. This is the story of a daydreaming teenager who worked his way up from obscurity to owning three famous restaurants in Paris and rebuilding La Côte d'Or, a man whose energy and enthusiasm won the hearts of staff and clientele, while self-doubt and cutthroat critics took their toll.--From publisher description.

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