The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine

Chelminski, Rudolph

Published by Gotham, 2005
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Synopsis: A portrait of the award-winning master chef who in spite of prestigious achievements took his own life in 2003 traces Bernard Loiseau's rise from an ambitious teenager who worked in the kitchen of the famed Troisgros brothers to the head of the Michelin star-winning La Cote d'Or, describing his relationships with staff and clientele and the toll taken on his health by his self-doubt and critics.

From the Back Cover: "Loiseau seems likely to become a mordant icon of the eternal war between critics and cooks...[Chelminski] has a moving story to tell, with universal implications: the downfall of the artist through perfectionism and paranoia."
—Adam Gopnick, The New Yorker

"The Perfectionist tells, in rich detail, the story of Bernard Loiseau’s rapid rise and desperate efforts to stay on top, but this cautionary tale is also a deeply informed guide to the last half century of French cuisine..."
—William Grimes, The New York Times

"One of the finest and most incisive portraits of a chef ever written—and a sobering account of the real human costs of being the best. A book as strong on "who" cooks as "what" is cooking. Absolutely fascinating."
—Anthony Bourdain, author of the New York Times bestseller Kitchen Confidential

"A revealing look at the rise and fall of French chef Bernard Loiseau..."
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"The Perfectionist is a good book: knowledgeable, revealing, and informative. It brings back to life in very believable ways a man who much of the time was, as the cliché goes, larger than life."
—Johnathan Yardley, The Washington Post

"...rich and finely detailed...if you’re at all curious about what makes our always maddening yet intriguing allies tick, then tuck into The Perfectionist..."
USA Today

"The Perfectionist examines Loiseau’s suicide in the context of French culinary history, delving deep into the mad passion that seems to drive many master chefs... Mouthwatering descriptions abound...the behind-the-scenes look at the kitchens of some of France’s finest restaurants is fascinating..."
The Boston Globe

"...The Perfectionist effectively reveals the pressure-cooker atmosphere among a culinary elite dominated by intense rivalries, fickle reviewers, and hypercritical chefs for whom there is no such thing as second best."
Entertainment Weekly

"Rudolph Chelminski is an excellent and absorbing writer who obviously understands the inner workings of the culinary world, as well as how chefs think. His empathy for the industry as a whole - and for Bernard Loiseau in particular - makes The Perfectionist a fascinating read."
—Daniel Boulud, Chef/Owner DANIEL, author of Letters to a Young Chef and Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud Cookbook

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Publisher: Gotham
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition.

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