When I read an excerpt of Cooked on the Freakonomics Blog, I thought, I have to read this book. When I saw it at the library, I decided to check it out.

Jeff Henderson writes with a lot of color which made the book really enjoyable to read. Unfortunately, it has not necessarily had a positive effect on my vernacular as I find I’m wanting to add a bit more street slang into my normal conversation.

The book is a pretty good story of a guy who started out in a rough spot, learned to master being a hustler, made it big, went to prison, and then reformed his life by becoming a Chef. He clearly is quite smart and also very determined; he is a natural born leader, but it’s interesting to see how he gets there by finding the guy that knows his stuff and learning as much as he could from them.  It’s a worthwhile read and pretty fascinating – both about kitchens and about life on the streets.

So, I’m trying to decide if my re-found interest in gourmet cooking was inspired by this book or if it has just been lying latent until recently, but I do think it would be fun to be a Chef. I’ll have to add it to the list of other careers I think would be fascinating, if only there was more time.

Sorry to all that have to put up with my slang for the next few days until it works its way through my system.






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