Thrifty and Frugal Living: Ended- Spiced by Dalia Jurgensen Review & Giveaway

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ended- Spiced by Dalia Jurgensen Review & Giveaway


ABOUT: 

"For as long as she can remember Dalia Jurgensen wanted to cook. By age five she would stand on a chair at the counter next to her Danish mother, shaping frikadeller and peeling potatoes for bikser mad.  She adored every detail, from baking side-by-side and shaping dough to making hearty apple cobbler-like ablecage. For her thirteenth birthday, when peers reached for romances or mysteries, she read and re-read her most treasured gift: a copy of the marvelously illustrated Grand Diplome Cooking Course. And when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she was unequivocal: she wanted to be a chef.

Yet despite her love of all things culinary, it wasn’t until her mid-twenties that Jurgensen got serious about cooking.  With a conventional college degree and a couple of years in publishing behind her, she abruptly quit her job to pursue her dream and enroll in culinary school. It was a leap of faith that changed and defined her life in ways she’d never imagined.  Now Jurgensen shares the delicious details in SPICED: A Pastry Chef’s True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen (Berkley Trade Paperback; April 6, 2010;$15.00), an eye-opening look at the sweet and sour of following your passion.

Refreshingly candid and simmering with kitchen drama, SPICED traces Jurgensen’s hard-earned metamorphosis from lowly pastry cook to acclaimed executive pastry chef at a three-star New York City restaurant.  But SPICED is much more than a personal memoir.  In the entertaining tradition of Kitchen Confidential, it’s an unforgettable insider’s tour through some of Manhattan ’s finest kitchens, the first to come from a woman’s perspective."

REVIEW:

You have heard me say several times that I am a Foodie. So, when I read about this book I was extremely excited. I started reading it the day it came in the mail. Guess What? I absolutely adored this book! It took me 3 short days to read it and I finished with a smile on my face. Dalia is a talented writer as well as a talented pastry chef (unfortunately, I do not have personal validation of her pastry skills...yet!) This book is essentially Dalia's journey as a person as well as her journey as a Chef. Spiced contains a behind the scenes look at restaurant kitchens and restaurant life as well as some Romance and hilarious stories. 

There were only two things I would change about this book (and both involve adding more content!) I really wish that I could have read the unfinished version of this book. There were a few things that I wish she had talked a little more about (the Romance part for instance), but then it wouldn't be about her journey as a pastry chef. I am hoping that Dalia continues to write about her life. The second thing I would add is recipes! Dalia talks about all of these amazing things she is making...I would love to have some of her recipes (Dalia...if you read this...cookbook next, please!!) She did however post a few recipes on her blog here.   

 The verdict: 5 stars! 


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