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Check It Out: Hungry for a good book?

December 20, 2012|By Evelyn Rogers

No doubt about it, cooking shows and competitions are popular. Learn more about the stars of these shows by reading a biography of a famous chef. Their success stories have some qualities in common: hard work, high standards, dedication and perseverance. Some also show the grittier side of kitchen life. Meet some large personalities and a few with egos to match.

"Chef's Story: 27 Chefs Talk About What Got Them Into the Kitchen": The 27 fascinating individuals who tell their stories in this book bring us into their world and reveal how their early years, beliefs and passion for quality have helped them become modern culinary legends.

"Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child": Julia Child was a directionless, gawky young woman who went halfway around the world to join a spy agency during World War II. She eventually settled in Paris, where she learned to cook and collaborated on the writing of what would become "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," a book that changed the food culture of America. Already 50 when the show "The French Chef" went on the air, Julia became the first educational television star.

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"Yes, Chef: A Memoir": This book chronicles Marcus Samuelsson's remarkable journey from his grandmother's humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France; from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally came together.

"Blood, Bones, and & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef": Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent 20 fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all, she sought family, particularly the thrill and magnificence of the one from her childhood that in her adult years eluded her. This book follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years.

"All the Presidents' Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House, A Memoir": This success story — told by the hero himself — of a young French pastry chef who climbed his way to the top embodies the great American dream. After working at the Savoy in London, the George V in Paris, the Princess in Bermuda and the Homestead in Virginia, Roland Mesnier took on the job of a lifetime as pastry chef to the White House.

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