Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef by Aaron Sanchez (4 out of 5)

I always resisted the cooking shows. Back in December, I had dental work done. I was miserable, and it was menial dental work. Not the heavy duty root canal shit. But it completely jettisoned my appetite for a good week. During that week, my friend who lives downtown was texting me and talking about Ted Allen. I hadn’t heard that name since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. I immediately asked what he was in, and she told me Chopped. So I started watching that, about fifteen years after it started. Chef Aaron Sanchez is a frequent guest/judge on Chopped, as well as Beat Bobby Flay, and other Food Network shows. I only recently became aware of his presence on Masterchef. So when this advance arrived and everyone st the store was puzzled/unsure who he is, I took it home to give it a read. I was NOT disappointed. This is out in October from Abrams Publishing

One of the things I like about Aaron in the judge capacity is that he seems fair, chill, and unafraid to explain his reasons to the contestants/other judges/hosts for his decisions. He also doesn’t strike me as a douchebag, while some other chefs carry that tag proudly. After reading about his upbringing and how important of a role his mom and cooking played in his childhood, it is no surprise that he decided the culinary arena was for him. He gets his chance by working for world reknown chef Paul Prudhomme and works his way up to restauranteur, author, TV star, and eventually, husband and father. But the road to success is never easy, and Aaron is honest about the hard times, while also being grateful about the good times he has had. The lessons he shares with the reader are heartfelt, based on personal experience, and many can be applied to those of us who are “normal” working folks. I enjoyed his voice throughout the book, and I walked away with even more respect for Chef Sanchez. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an unassuming, real look at the culinary lifestyle and the often arduous, but ultimately fulfilling, occupation. Add to it a side of work ethic and candor, and you have quite a dish of a memoir.

~ by generationgbooks on May 29, 2019.

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