No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey Of Chef Norman Van Aken by Norman Van AkenNo Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey Of Chef Norman Van Aken by Norman Van Aken

No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey Of Chef Norman Van Aken

byNorman Van Aken

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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Long considered a culinary renegade and a pioneering chef, Norman Van Aken is an American original who chopped and charred, sweated and seared his way to cooking stardom with no formal training, but with extra helpings of energy, creativity, and faith. No Experience Necessary is Chef Van Aken's joyride of a memoir. In it he spans twenty-plus years and nearly as many jobs-including the fateful job advertisement in the local paper for a short-order cook with "no experience necessary." In the irreverent tradition of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, and populated by a rogues' gallery of colorful characters-including movie stars, legendary musicians, and culinary giants Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, and Charlie Trotter-No Experience Necessary offers a uniquely personal, highly-entertaining under-the-tablecloth view of the high-stakes world of American cuisine told with wit, insight, and great affection by a natural storyteller.
Norman Van Aken is known as the founding father of New World Cuisine, a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African, and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of "Fusion" to the culinary world. Van Aken is the only Floridian inducted into the prestigious James Beard "Who's Who in American Fo...
Title:No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey Of Chef Norman Van AkenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.76 × 5.7 × 0.99 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Taylor Trade PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1630760889

ISBN - 13:9781630760885


Table of Contents

Prologue: The Triangle Chapter 1: Pre-Chef Chapter 2: Carnival Rides Chapter 3: The Fireside: Hainesville, 1972-73 Chapter 4: The Midget: Key West, 1973 Chapter 5: The Deerpath Inn: 1973-1974 Chapter 6: The Holiday Inn: Greeley, 1974 Chapter 7: The Gale Street Inn: Diamond Lake, 1975 Chapter 8: The Fox Lake Country Club: 1975-77 Chapter 9: 700 Duval: Key West, 1978 Chapter 10: The Pier House: Key West, 1978 Chapter 11: Shit Happens Chapter 12: The Port of Call: Key West, 1979 Chapter 13: Chez Nancy: Key West, 1979-80 Chapter 14: The Port of Call (Reprise): Key West, 1980-82 Chapter 15: Sinclair's: Lake Forest,1982-84 Chapter 16: Sinclair's American Grill: Jupiter, 1985 Chapter 17: Louie's Backyard: Key West, 1985-88 Chapter 18: Mira: Key West, 1988 Chapter 19: Boca, Boca, Boca!: Boca Raton, 1989-90 Chapter 20:a Mano: Key West, 1990-92 Epilogue: The Triangle Comes Full Circle

Editorial Reviews

For lovers of great food, great restaurants and great tales, No Experience Necessary is a must-read.