Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters

Penguin Pr. Jun. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780735224742. $28. COOKING
Renowned chef Crenn teams with journalist and author Brockes to tell her story of achieving culinary success. Born in France, Crenn was adopted at six months old and, with her family, embraced a love of food and cooking from a young age. Her memoir also recounts her journey through kitchens and restaurant partnerships. After moving to the San Francisco in the 1980s, and training under acclaimed chef Jeremiah Tower, Crenn opened her restaurant Atelier Crenn. In the process, she became the first and only woman, thus far, in the United States to be awarded three Michelin stars. On making a name for herself in the male-dominated culinary world, the author speaks simply but eloquently of the impact that her family and her sexuality has had on her life and career. Throughout, she shares both her challenges as well as her triumphs.
VERDICT Crenn offers a breezy and altogether engaging read that embraces and celebrates the events in her life that have culminated in a remarkable career.
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