Wednesday, January 11, 2017

32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line

32 Yolks, A Cookbook
People choose their careers in various ways. Regardless of the reason this decision affects the rest of one’s life. 32 Yolks is a memoir on Eric Ripert’s childhood and early adult life. It is written by Eric Ripert with Veronica Chambers. 32 Yolks is both painful and inspiring. Childhood can make or break the best of us. It’s how we choose to go on that matters. Like all of us, Eric Ripert is the product of his decisions. Throughout his turbulent childhood, it was his love of food that got him through, though at times it was painful to read about what went on within his family. As a reader I felt his heartache and loneliness. Most of the book takes place in France.

I was very curious why this book was titled 32 yolks until I came to the one page where it is referenced. The title refers to the gap between culinary school knowledge and real restaurant work. My wish is that there will be a part two. I would like to read more about his restaurant Le Bernardin, his food rescue organization and his TV career; basically his life in New York.

“32 Yolks”, gives the reader an interesting perspective of a successful culinary giant that is alive and well today. If you are interested in cooking and food, you will enjoy this book.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

34 comments:

  1. What a great title, glad you found out what it meant! I'll keep my eyes out for this one.

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    1. Thanks Caroline, it's an interesting title for sure.

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  2. Sounds like a fun read! You've made me really curious -- I'll need to check this out. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks John, it was such a great book I read it in one day.

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  3. With that catchy title, it must be an interesting book. Thanks for the review, I'll check it out.

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    1. Thanks Pam, this was a great book, Eric Ripert is a culinary giant in New York.

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  4. Sounds like an interesting memoir. I love to find out how life's challenges molds a person.

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    1. Yes me too Liz, seems it makes some the best of the best and others have a huge struggle. Happy 2017!

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  5. I'm going to look out for this book in France. Thanks for the review.

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  6. Very interesting and intriguing, Cheri. Every time I've seen Chef Eric Ripert on TV, I'm always struck by his artistry, sensitivity and gentleness...the latter two sometimes are products of tough childhoods...Thank you for the heads up about his life.

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    1. Hi Kim, yes he does seem very sensitive and gentle, I also read that he is a buddhist.

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  7. It sounds like a very good read, Cheri! I'll have to see if there is a Kindle edition.

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    1. Thanks Susan, it was a great read and he seems like a wonderful accomplished person.

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  8. I have been eyeing this book for a while, Cheri, and I'm glad you warned me about the difficulty Eric had in his life. I still want to read it – I love reading memoirs, especially when they relate to food. Have you read Jacques Pépin's memoir, The Apprentice? If you haven't, I highly recommend it!

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    1. No i Have not David, but I adore him, will have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  9. This book looks really interesting and I will check it out. I loved Jacques Pépin memoir.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, I will definitely check that book out, I think P'epin is wonderful.

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  10. I remember hearing about this and was very curious and wanted to read it. I have to look for it. Thanks, Cheri.

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    1. Hi Monica, 32 Yolks is a great book and he seems like a wonderful man.

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    2. Cheri, I got lucky and they had the book at the library and I just finished it. The pages just flew by and it was such a great read. I was a little worried that it might be very depressing but it was written so graciously, wasn't it? I also hope there's going to be a follow-up...seems like there's still much of the story to be told. I'm sad I'm finished with it!

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    3. Cheri...one more thing! Have you read Padma Lakshmi's book? I enjoyed that one...

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  11. Looks very interesting, I love reading ☺

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  12. This is a book I have added on to my list of must reads…thank you Cheri.

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    1. Hi Karen, you wont be dissapointed, Eric Ripert seems to be a very talented and interesting individual.

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  13. Thanks for the lovely review. It sounds like a book I need to read.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, I think you would really enjoy this.

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    1. Thanks Kris, hope you are having a wonderful 2017.

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  15. Thanks for the review! Sounds like a book I would enjoy.

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  16. Sounds good and I laughed at the title. I have sooooo many egg whites in my freezer from all of the yolks I used last year. (Yes, there is an angel food cake in my future)

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    1. Hi Inger, would love to see your recipe if you post one on angel food as I made one and it was not edible.

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