Books: The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of EuropeWhy I am recommending this book:
Because I love real stories that include food somehow. Bob Spitz is also very candid and generous with his humanity. For me this book is like a delicious look into the life of a successful man trying to navigate a life in breakdown by choosing to pursue a life doing what he has come to love. Good reading!
An inspiring tale of picking up the pieces with a spatula. After completing The Beatles (2005), a 900-page book that cost him eight years and an untold amount of money, Spitz found his life meandering off the rails. He was "bumping around like a stray dog, just reading, cooking for friends, and taking long walks on the beach - that is, doing nothing." His 14-year marriage had ended, and a new relationship was foundering. The only place he found solace was in the kitchen; cooking had been a fulfilling, comforting activity for him since childhood. If his kitchen at home made him feel a little better, Spitz reasoned, then a kitchen on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean would make him feel a lot better. Off to Europe he went, beginning a food-filled journey that took him from Nice and the French towns of Agen and Theoule to various Tuscan villages and south to the mountaintop aerie of Sant'Agata. Back home, thanks to his therapeutic culinary lessons, he was calmer, wiser and stuffed. Appealingly, Spitz spends as much time discussing people as cuisine. When he does write about the food, however, he's eloquent, and the inclusion of recipes throughout the book serves as a Greek - or rather, a French or Italian - chorus.