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Out of the frying pan : a chef's memoir of hot kitchens, single motherhood, and
Gillian Clark
Adult Nonfiction TX649.C57 A3 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

At 32, Clark abandoned a career in marketing to enroll in culinary school and fulfill her dream of becoming a chef. A divorce from her alcoholic husband followed, and Clark, chopping carrots for minimum wage, was left to raise their two young daughters on her own. Repeatedly comparing being a chef to motherhood, she describes all of the young cooks she helped to train as her "children." Reflecting Clark's ongoing struggle to balance work and family, the book's 40-plus recipes include her eldest daughter's "Favorite Cornflake-Coated Pork Chops" and the "Pink Medicine Placebo" administered to her youngest after a greasy "Braised Cube Steak" caused her to slip off the monkey bars. Clark's enthusiasm for drawing people to the table is engaging, but she prefers to make excuses for her high job turnover, including several firings. In 2000, she invested her savings in her own restaurant in Washington, D.C., in a neighborhood where cloth napkins stood out more than vagrants. After a rocky start, Colorado Kitchen now often has a line around the block, and Clark thrives on being her own boss. The emphasis on family adds a personal dimension to this memoir about both comfort food and commitment to success. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this inspiring culinary memoir, complete with recipes, Clark, chef and owner of Colorado Kitchen, a popular restaurant in Washington, DC, shares her long road to success. She tells of her start in her parents' kitchen as a teenager, learning to cook watching her dad prepare meals and becoming fascinated with food. Fast-forward to her thirties, and she's married with two daughters and has a home-based consulting firm. But the job becomes too stressful, and she finds relief at her stove. She then realizes that cooking is her true calling, so she closes her company and enrolls in cooking school. Later, she is abandoned by her alcoholic husband and left with no child support and a mortgage to pay. Clark reflects on her various kitchen jobs (four in four years) and her staff, comparing them with her daughters, who were all in need of discipline. This book about the trials and tribulations of a single parent, her struggle to make ends meet, and her eventual rise to the top of her profession is an uplifting resource for aspiring chefs. Recommended for all public libraries. [For an interview with Clark, see "Editors' Fall Picks," LJ 9/1/07.]-Ann Burns, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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