“As the Lees deftly interview chefs, workers, and clients, their Southern charm enhances their narration…. Even non-foodies will savor lesser known morsels of information and marvel at how the wealthy celebrate.” (AudioFile Magazine)
This program is read by the authors.
Matt Lee and Ted Lee take on the competitive, wild world of high-end catering, exposing the secrets of a food business few home cooks or restaurant chefs ever experience.
Hotbox reveals the real-life drama behind cavernous event spaces and soaring white tents, where cooking conditions have more in common with a mobile army hospital than a restaurant. Known for their modern take on Southern cooking, the Lee brothers steeped themselves in the catering business for four years, learning the culture from the inside out. Its a realm where you find eccentric characters, working in extreme conditions, who must produce magical events and instantly adapt when, for instance, the hosts toast runs a half hour too long, a hailstorm erupts, or a rolling rack of hundreds of ice cream desserts goes wheels-up.
Whether theyre dashing through black-tie fundraisers, celebrity-spotting at a Hamptons cookout, or following a silverware crew at 3:00 a.m. in a warehouse in New Jersey, the Lee brothers guide you on a romp from the inner circle – the elite team of chefs using little more than their wits and Sterno to turn out lamb shanks for 800 – to the outer reaches of the industries that facilitate the most dazzling galas. Youll never attend a party – or entertain on your own – in the same way after listening to this audiobook.
Narrator: Matt Lee, Ted Lee
Duration: 7 hours 16 minutes
Released: 19 Sep 2004
Publisher: Macmillan Audio