Chefwise: Life Lessons from Leading Chefs Around the World
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This collection of career and kitchen advice from an impressive array of chefs addresses everything from developing a personal philosophy of cooking to understanding the business aspects of an operation to anticipating the future of the hospitality industry.
Editor Shari Bayer has gathered insight from chefs in more than 35 countries, among them internationally renowned names such as Elena Arzak, Mauro Colagreco, Dominique Crenn, Virgilio Martinez, Elena Reygadas, Joan Roca, and Alice Waters.
Contributions range from the powerfully pithy to thoughtfully rambling. If the occasional bromide on teamwork creeps in–everyone thinks it’s a good idea–topics such as life-work balance and activism include a wider range of opinions.
It’s easy to imagine picking up Chefwise and browsing at random, gaining perspective from Massimo Bottura on one page and Missy Robbins on another.
We do wish the book’s designer had not chosen to print in blue ink on blue pages, since eye strain discourages spending long stretches of time with the book. But there are rewards herein for those motivated to seek them.