Yes, Chef

Am I missing something?  Everyone that has read this book seems to love it.  I am only about 2/3 of the way through, but will not be able to renew at the library (due to someone waiting for it) and am wondering if I even want to finish it.  I keep hoping it gets better.

Yes, it is an easy read…but my writing teachers would have nailed him on his slang language and fragments.

Yes, he became a success after his mother died tragically…but he was adopted into a solid and loving family early on in his years.  I am not at all making light of the loss of his mother, but there are plenty of well written success stories of parent-less children.

Yes, he was dedicated…usually I would applaud his dedication, his knowing when to “pay the price” for his dreams, but when the “price” is not taking responsibility for your child, I cannot applaud that choice.

Yes, he is a master chef…and he seems to have the ego to go with it.  I am wondering how many enemies he made after his book was published.

But, maybe I am missing something.  I know his writing style won’t change in the last 100 or so pages, but maybe he will acknowledge his daughter (whose picture I have yet to see in the book with the other pictures), or maybe he will admit he was conceited and foolish as a young man and learned from those actions.  Maybe…

I will say, I applaud his honesty and the fact that he has perfected his craft, but so far I am not a fan of the book.  I also have to add, that I am no better than he is, so maybe I should credit him more for being so honest about himself.  AND, though I have read the book (most of it) I really do not know this man, so no judgment…we may just have to agree to disagree.

If any of you have read it…tell me…is it worth finishing?  Am I missing something?

One response

  1. Sooooo….I read a few more pages and skimmed some more of the book…then gave it back to the library. I do not think I will get it out again to finish, although it would be interesting to read about his trip to Ethiopia.

    He does have a good story and he did keep the book moving along. I enjoyed reading of all the experiences he had. I am just not a “look out for #1 no matter who it hurts along the way” kind of person…so the book just didn’t sit right with me. I did see some modesty in his book, and a lot of pride, but I suppose when you are that successful it is hard to not have some pride.

    I am still disappointed that his daughter wasn’t mentioned more, wasn’t in the pictures or in the acknowledgments at the end. It broke my heart a little for her. And maybe I missed it, but there didn’t seem to be any remorse in his choices for his daughter and her mother.

    I know no one is perfect, I can’t even imagine being close to perfect, and I do not have the authority to judge anyone’s heart…but I didn’t enjoy this book.

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