Cooking Dirty : Life, Love and Death in the Kitchen Paperback
From his first job scraping trays at a pizzeria at the age of fifteen, Jason Sheehan has worked at all kinds of restaurants across America, from Buffalo to Tampa to Albuquerque: at a French colonial and an all-night diner, at a crab shack just off the interstate and a fusion restaurant in a former hair salon.
In Cooking Dirty he tells the story of one man's addiction to the urgency, stress, and adrenalin of minimum-wage kitchen work.
His universe becomes 'a small, steel box filled with knives and meat and fire', where the kitchen is a fraternity with its own rites and initiations: cigarettes in the walk-in freezer, sex in the basement, drugs everywhere.
Restaurant cooking sets a series of seemingly endless personal challenges, from the first perfectly done mussel to the satisfaction of surgically sliced foie gras.
The kitchen itself is a place in which life's mysteries are thawed, sliced, broiled, barbecued, and fried - a place where people from the margins find their community and their calling.
Cooking Dirty is a passionate, funny, electrifying memoir of addiction: an addiction to kitchen work.
It reveals the hell and glory of restaurant life, as told by a survivor.
Jason Sheehan is his own unforgettable central character - edgy, driven, irresistible.
Eating out will never be the same again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/02/2011
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781848871908