Description from the publisher through Netgalley
America’s most prominent Latino chef shares the story behind his food, his family, and his professional journey
Before Chef Aaron Sanchez rose to fame on shows like MasterChef and Chopped, he was a restless Mexican-American son, raised by a fiercely determined and talented woman who was a successful chef and restaurateur in her own right—she is credited with bringing Mexican cuisine to the New York City dining scene. In many ways, Sanchez, who lost his father at a young age, was destined to follow in his mother Zarela’s footsteps. He spent nights as a child in his family’s dining room surrounded by some of the most influential chefs and restaurateurs in New York. At 16, needing direction, he was sent by his mother to work for renowned chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans.
In this memoir, Sanchez delves into his formative years with remarkable candor, injecting his story with adrenaline and revealing how he fell in love with cooking and started a career in the fast-paced culinary world. Sanchez shares the invaluable lessons he learned from his upbringing and his training—both inside and outside the kitchen—and offers an intimate look into the chaotic and untraditional life of a professional chef and television personality. This memoir is Sanchez’s highly personal account of a fatherless Latino kid whose talent and passion took him to the top of his profession.
I enjoy watching Aaron Sanchez on tv and have for years. I appreciate that he is a Latino Chef that has brought his culture and background into his food. I truly believe that you incorporate your surroundings and feelings into your food and that you can tell when a chef really has a passion for what they do.
Aaron was very honest in this memoir when he discusses his struggles with depression. I applaud his truthfulness when telling the reader that he still speaks with a therapist on a weekly basis and is taking medication. The people that work in food industry usually show a harder side of themselves but as Aaron explains, it is a lonely profession.
This book also has some of Aaron’s recipes throughout. I think that was a great touch. Overall, I gave this book 3 crowns.