Title: Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line
Author: Michael Gibney
Pages: 240 pages / 5 hours 46 minutes
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Print) / Random House Audio (Audio)
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Food
Rating: 4 out of 5
In this memoir, Michael Gibney, sous chef at a popular New York City restaurant, chronicles 24 hours in his busy, breakneck job, discussing the work, politics, and effort involved in this difficult trade.
If you have any romanticism about life working in a restaurant, Michael Gibney will disabuse you of your notions pretty quickly. His memoir is uniquely structured: It tells the story of just 24 hours at his job. Through this prism, though, readers get a sense of what is involved in it. He discusses all kinds of issues, from relationships among the restaurant staff to why fish is difficult to work with, and everything he discusses is fascinating. This memoir works especially well on audio; for those of us with short attention spans, it runs less than 6 hours unabridged. Narrator Fred Berman draws the reader into each moment, expertly telling this interesting story. If you’re at all a foodie, then Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line is absolutely a book you should pick up.