Michael Ruhlman – The Making of a Chef


In the ultimate food-lover’s fantasy, journalist Michael Ruhlman dons chef’s jacket and houndstooth-check pants to join the students in Skills One at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country. His goal is to document the training of America’s chefs from the first classroom to the Culinary’s final kitchen, the American Bounty Restaurant. The result becomes more than a rote reportage of a school for cooks. Ruhlman learns to cook as though his future depends upon it, and this complete immersion enables him to create the most vivid and energetic memoir of a culinary education on record.
Author: Michael Ruhlman
Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach
Duration: 12 hours 14 minutes
Released: 30 Sep 2012
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

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I read the hardcover version of this a few years ago, and loved it. I’m enjoying listening to it, but the recording itself can be a little irritating. Would have been much better if Ruhlman himself would have recorded it. This particular narrator mispronounces words a lot, and even pronounced the same word two different ways within a few seconds. There are some strange gaps in the recording, too, which are an editing problem, not a narrating problem. This book and its author are widely respected among professionals, and I’m disappointed that more care was not taken in its presentation. Other than the mispronunciations and gaps, the narrator does a decent job and doesn’t display any other annoying tendencies.