Join me for this months book selection "Life on the Line, A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death and Redefining the Way We Eat".
In 2007, chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food and Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2005, he and Nick Kokaonas opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet Magazine. Then, positioned firmly in the world's culinary spotlight, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma-tongue cancer. The prognosis was grim, and doctors agreed the only course of action was to remove his entire tongue. Desperate to preserve his quality of life, Grant undertook an alternative treatment of aggressive chemo and radiation. But the choice came at a cost. Skin peeled from the inside of Grant's mouth and throat, he rapidly lost weight, and most alarmingly, he lost his sense of taste. Tapping into his discipline, passion, and focus of being a chef, Grant rarely missed a day of work. He trained his chefs to mimic his palate and learned to cook with his other senses. As Kokonas was able to attest, the food was never better. Five months later, Grant was declared cancer-free, and just a few months following, he received the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef in America award.
Life on the Line tells the story of a culinary trailblazer's love affair with cooking, but it is also a book about survival, about nurturing creativity, and about profound friendship.
Here's how we will roll:
1. Meetup promptly at 5:15 at 23 Hoyt to discuss the book. PLEASE read the book in it's ENTIRETY....just doesn't work if all attendees haven't read or are prepared to discuss....thank you .
2. 23 Hoyt has a great HH menu with selections from $1.00 to $8.00.....such things as Caesar Salad, Tempura Friend Green Beans, with spicy aiolo, Roasted Beets with Chevre and Walnuts, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Deviled Eggs, Mushroom Ragu with soft Polenta and Parm, Chicken Liver Pate with Cherry Heering gelee served with House pickles, mustard and baguette (YEAH...this ones got MY name on it !!), Lamb Meatballs with Romesco, Happy Hour Burger and much more......House Wine is $5.00 a glass, Draft Beer $4.50, and $6.00 Cocktail Selection. Please bring CASH....it makes splitting the bill SOOOO much easier.
3. Fee for the meetup is $7.50. .....$5.00 will be handed back to you at the meetup. $2.50 goes toward meetup and website fees as I don't charge a yearly or joining fee. Thanks for understanding~~.
4. The book has received EXCELLENT reviews and can be purchased through Amazon for as little as .01 for hardback (not including shipping).....it is also available on Kindle.
Hope you can come out and join me for a fun evening and conversation with fellow foodies and cooks~~Don't be shy if you are a "newbie".....you will find we are a very warm and inclusive group!