All Or Nothing: One Chef's Appetite For The Extreme by Jesse SchenkerAll Or Nothing: One Chef's Appetite For The Extreme by Jesse Schenker

All Or Nothing: One Chef's Appetite For The Extreme

byJesse Schenker

Paperback | June 2, 2015

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Blending Kitchen Confidential, Blood, Bones & Butter, and Breaking Bad, a culinary memoir that illuminates the highs and lows of addiction, anxiety, and ambition in the world of haute cuisine.

 Thirty-one-year-old Jesse Schenker has rocketed to the top of the culinary world. An Iron Chef winner and James Beard nominee, he was voted Best New Chef by New York Magazine, and his acclaimed Recette was named Best New Restaurant by the New York Times. But Jesse’s epic rise masks a little-known past filled with demons and obsession, genius and mania.

Growing up in wealthy suburban Florida, Jesse was introduced to the culinary world—and the world of hard drugs. Becoming a high-school dropout addicted to heroin and crack, he was alienated from his family and wanted by the cops. By twenty-one, he had robbed, cheated, and lied to everyone in his life—and had overdosed, been shot at and nearly beaten to death. His eventual arrest motivated him to get clean.

Jesse learned to channel his obsessiveness and need to get ever “higher” into his career. But his growing success fueled his anxiety, leading to panic attacks and hypochondria. In this startling and down to earth memoir, Jesse lays it all on the table for the first time, reflecting on his insatiable appetite for the extreme—which has led to his biggest triumphs and failures—and shares the shocking story of his turbulent life.

Jesse Schenker is executive chef and owner, with his wife, Lindsay, of The Gander and Recette in New York City. He was named one of the Best New Chefs byNew Yorkmagazine, and beat Chef Geoffrey Zakarian in anIron Chef Americabattle. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Title:All Or Nothing: One Chef's Appetite For The ExtremeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062339311

ISBN - 13:9780062339317


Rated 4 out of 5 by from All Or Nothing Book Review Throughout this book you get to see Jesse grow up and this book focuses on his ups and downs and shows how far he has gotten and all the awards and accomplishments he has today. The book starts off from when Jesse was young with him telling a story his mother told him from when he was a baby. Jesse explains how he was always pushing his limits and always had an empty feeling in his stomach. Jesse got introduced to drugs at a young age, he started smoking pot and by the time he was in grade seven he was smoking it every day. As he got older he drug habit got worse, he eventually move on to pills. At that point things got out of hand, he started stealing anything he could get his hands on from his friends and family. After a while his parents started to catch on to what he was doing and kicked him out of the house. Over the next couple of years he moved from place to place where ever someone would take him in and if no one would take him he would sleep on the streets. He spent his days getting high with whatever he could get his hands on. Jesses love for cooking was completely muffled by his raging drug addiction and that’s all he would focus on day by day was getting high. After years of doing the same stuff he finally got caught by the police and this was the start to his long overdue recovery. Jesse spent 6months in jail then 6 more moths in rehab followed by moving into a halfway house and finally 2 years’ probation. After recovering he reunited with his family and friends and rebuilt his life. Jesse Schenker got married to Lindsay Schenker and had two kids, later opening two restaurants that won many awards and is now a world famous chef. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes extreme and action packed stories with a cooking story twisted into it. I rate this book a solid 4/5 stars.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All or Nothing Review In my opinion the novel, All or Nothing, by Jesse Schenker shows how someone can persevere through the hard times and can be successful. Though Jesse had a bad drug addiction that left him lonely and homeless, he was able to overcome the addiction and opened 2 fairly big restaurants in New York. I think that a strength in the book is that it is written for people of today's society and other people can actually relate to it as well. The book isn't hard to understand, it is easy to follow and it is really descriptive about all the things that Jesse had to go through. It also gives someone a slight idea of what a junkie will go through just to get their fix, along with the withdraws that some people have to go through. This novel shows how fast Jesse became hooked but still he continued on with his passion which is cooking. A weakness I though the book had was that the last few chapters were drug on and they could have been shortened into 1 chapter.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jacob Farquhar book review project All or Nothing by Jesse Schenker book review project Jacob Farquhar: All or nothing is a book about a Jewish boy living in a nice urban neighborhood in Parkland, Florida with his wealthy parents and his sister. Jesse always struggled with being anxious and soon found the kitchen to be an escape from it. But later in life Jesse tried marijuana for the first time and it immediately calmed him down. Jesse then grew into taking pills when the marijuana no longer helped. His drug addiction only got worse from there and he started to take every drug under the sun. He hit rock bottom again and again but every time thinking it was the worst it good get. This book really opens your eyes to drug addiction and how hard it is for a drug addict to quit taking them. Jesse never considered himself a junkie until he really realised how bad it was getting. This is when the book gets really interesting. He is determined to quit taking drugs. It is an engaging story that draws you in as you read about him trying to quit his addiction to drugs. The book makes you feel like you were right there watching the events unfold. It is written by Jesse himself, so it is a bit off track at some point as he is a chef not an author. Jesse's story is engaging but leaves some parts out especially at the end of the book when he speeds through some details such as when he opens a second restaurant. The book can be a bit difficult to stay with at this point. He also near the last 4 maybe 5 chapters touches on some subjects that he doesn't come back to or only briefly does (Example: his mother's illness) these can be a bit annoying. He too sometimes sets up for a chapter and then scraps it and decides to write the chapter on something entirely different (Example: He talks about his Grandfather Laz passing away and it seems is going to write about his struggle with his loss but ends up writing about something else entirely (this also goes back to my point about the briefly touching on important subjects part)) Don't get me wrong. This is a great book but can get to be frustrating at times. The book does do a really good job at keeping you entertained and deeply engaged. The book truly defines the definition of a cliffhanger throughout the book. I loved how he put something for the last 2-3 for the chapter that somehow shortly sums up the previous chapter and just as easily gives you a short description of the next one to come. I forget which chapter it was but he said "I'm going to get my family back" at the end of one of the chapters. If you find it you can see how it sums up him being caught and his struggle to try and willingly get back his family from the previous chapter(s) and also gives you a hint that in the next chapter he may have an actual chance of getting back his family. These little endings of chapters are a really good way to end the chapter and make you want so badly to see what happens in the next one. Jesse Schenker is definitely just as good author as he is a chef at some points throughout the story and it really works to keep the book a bit more light-hearted and easy to follow. He makes up for it becoming amazingly engaging the next time the book has a more serious tone. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy, cooking and success stories because this combines them all into one great story.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from decent I had to read this book for my English class, and to be completely honest I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. It started a little slow with the whole backstory and explanation of his life. But trust me when I say this, it gets intense. Now seeing as the story kind of goes the way you'd expect a book to go, it still keeps the reader on edge throughout the rough parts of the story. The setting changes although the story, from the white suburbs to the worst of worst neighbourhoods. The plot follows, as you'd expect from a story like this. It follows his life from his POV, describing the things he saw and did. The characters are done phenomenally, the author wrote the dialogue in a great way that kept conversations interesting. You actually felt like you were there listening to him speak. The story has a great voice. One of my personal favourite things about the story is the great detail he remembers about the food he ate. He remembers so many small details about all the great foods he ate during the stages of his life and even after going through all his addictions he still remembers those things in such great detail. It’s seriously impressive. That’s another thing I love about the story. Jesse does an awesome job of describing things, from the way he felt while he took certain drugs to how he felt when cooking/eating the food he ate at restaurants. I don’t know how anyone would be able to remember such detail especially after doing so many things to your mind and body. Overall I think I’d give the story a 3.5-4/5. The reason it isn’t a perfect 5 is because the story does have its slow parts. For example, the last few chapters seem kind of stretched out and could have (in my opinion) be shortened up a bit. Ultimately it is a very good read and I’d suggest anyone to read it really. Whether you love food or love hearing the stories of people defeating drug addictions. This book’s got it all.
Date published: 2018-05-08

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“This is the chef memoir we’ve been waiting for.”