Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater

Hardcover | February 21, 2012

byGail Simmons

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WhenTop Chefjudge Gail Simmons first graduated from college, she felt hopelessly lost. All her friends were going to graduate school, business school, law school . . . but what was she going to do? Fortunately, a family friend gave her some invaluable advice-make a list of what you love to do, and let that be your guide. Gail wrote down four words:
Eat. Write. Travel. Cook.

Little did she know, those four words would become the basis for a career as a professional eater, cook, food critic, magazine editor, and television star. Today, she's the host ofTop Chef: Just Desserts, permanent judge onTop Chef, and Special Projects Director atFood & Winemagazine. She travels all over the world, eats extraordinary food, and meets fascinating people. She's living the dream that so many of us who love to cook and eat can only imagine. But how did she get there?

Talking with My Mouth Fullfollows her unusual and inspiring path to success, step-by-step and bite-by-bite. It takes the reader from her early years, growing up in a household where her mother ran a small cooking school, her father made his own wine, and family vacation destinations included Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East; through her adventures at culinary school in New York City and training as an apprentice in two of New York's most acclaimed kitchens; and on to her time spent assisting Vogue's legendary food critic Jeffrey Steingarten, working for renowned chef Daniel Boulud, and ultimately landing her current jobs atFood & Wineand onTop Chef. The book is a tribute to the incredible meals and mentors she's had along the way, examining the somewhat unconventional but always satisfying journey she has taken in order to create a career that didn't even exist when she first started working toward it.

With memorable stories about the greatest (and worst) dishes she's eaten, childhood and behind-the-scenes photos, and recipes from Gail's family and her own kitchen,Talking with My Mouth Fullis a true treat.

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WhenTop Chefjudge Gail Simmons first graduated from college, she felt hopelessly lost. All her friends were going to graduate school, business school, law school . . . but what was she going to do? Fortunately, a family friend gave her some invaluable advice-make a list of what you love to do, and let that be your guide. Gail wrote dow...

Gail Simmonsis a trained culinary expert, food writer, and television personality. She is the Special Projects Director atFood & Winemagazine, and has been a permanent judge on Bravo's Emmy-winning seriesTop Chef, the number one food show on cable television, since the show's inception in 2006. Gail is also the host ofTop Chef: Just De...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:February 21, 2012Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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"Gail Simmons is fearless, passionate and driven, yet she is humble, generous and stays true to the good values that she embraces. This book is inspiring for anyone who dreams about living their passion and finding fulfillment in their work. Talking with My Mouth Full is a joyful account of Gail's journey from her start as a line cook to her work at Food & Wine magazine and of course her role on Top Chef."-Eric Ripert, Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Le Bernardin