Talking with My Mouth Full by Gail Simmons

Last month I went to a book signing for Top Chef judge, Gail Simmons.  She really seems like a lovely person.  In person she’s quite warm and friendly.  And now after reading her book “Talking With My Mouth Full” I feel like she’s a friend.  This is not an expose about restaurant life, ala Anthony Bourdain (though I like those too).  But it is full of cute stories and Gail’s positive attitude to create a job for herself that hadn’t yet been invented.  Remember when chefs were just the people that cooked your food?  Food didn’t become exciting (or certainly didn’t have it’s own network) until chefs became celebrities and food was elevated to art form.  Gail’s done everything in food:  cooked on the line, recipe tested, graduated from culinary school, organized major food events, journalism, and now certainly, judge and host on Top Chef.  It’s a quick and easy read that jumps around to her experiences growing up in a foodie household, to working with some of the best chefs and cooking mentors, to 2 a.m. discussions at judges table.   There’s even a few of her favorite recipes included.  Now that I read the book, I’m moving it from my bedside table to the kitchen and I’ll report back when I’ve made something…

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