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Hungry

Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World

by Jeff Gordinier

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Hungry by Jeff Gordinier
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The Rise of the Celebrity Chef

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Celebrity chef Julia Child cookingJeff Gordinier, the author of Hungry (about his travels with René Redzepi), dates the concept of the modern celebrity chef to 1990, when Marco Pierre White, a London chef with a famously fiery temper, released the cookbook White Heat. A decade later, Anthony Bourdain, who had a similar bad-boy image powered by sex and drug use, published Kitchen Confidential. Gordon Ramsay was something of a British counterpart: a foul-mouthed cook who doesn't suffer fools and demands authenticity from food. Gordinier refers to such chefs as the "rock stars" of the industry.

A number of the cultural icons who have influenced our thinking about food have never managed a restaurant kitchen, though. Think of Julia Child, who published the cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961, but was best known for television. Her show, The French Chef, began airing in 1963, and ran for 10 years with a total of 206 episodes – a record for PBS. Child helped make French cuisine accessible to ...

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