Spiced: Review and Giveaway

Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trails by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and WhatReally Goes on in the Kitchen
This is the first giveaway I had the privilege of posting on this blog and I'm kinda excited. Plus the book didn't suck which is always a bonus.Non-fiction but not stuffy.

Clicking on the book's image will take you to Amazon, so you can read what others had to say. 

My Review: Between Food Network, Ace of Cakes, Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey and so many more I could spend this entire post listing them all, America is in enamored with the creators of beautiful works of art that only last as long as a meal.

All Dalia Jurgensen  ever wanted was to do was cook.

"At five,  I stood on a chair at the counter next to my mother, shaping frikadeller and peeling potatoes for bikser mad. For desert, she showed me how to sprinkle bread crumbs, toasted with butter to a deep brown, in a fat layer over the apples she'd cooked down the night before." 

In her mid-twenties, stuck in a Corporate job she no longer could tolerate, Dalia interviewed with the famous New York restaurant Nobu and enrolled in cooking school. With the support of her parents she embarked on a brand new life.

Follow Dalia as she moves from a lowly internship to a position as a slightly less lowly pastry cook to an acclaimed executive pastry chef at a three-star New York City restaurant. This book is chock full of kitchen drama and tid-bits only an insider could possibly share, particularily a woman in a male dominated field.

Unlike most personal memoirs Spice is far from dry- she spares no juicy details. From descriptions of the food (don't read this hungry or dieting) to her many screw-ups, romantic hook-ups, and kitchen antics, it's a wonder your food even ends up on your plate in front of you.

My first job was in the kitchen at a major golf course. I was a timid little thing, so I think the Chef felt sorry for me. He only yelled at me when he absolutely had to. But I learned quickly to keep my mouth shut during service. Reading Spiced brought back  memories of an awesome time in my life.

Worthwhile read- per LiLu's suggestion- I give this a rating of I would still read this even if I had to jump out of a plane.

One of my readers will receive a copy of Spiced.

To Enter: To enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment answering the question...What's your passion? If money weren't an issue what's your dream job?

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Leave a comment for each one you do- you have to complete the first or all of the bonus entries won't count! 5 ways to win! Winner will be choosen by Randon Number Generator.

Giveaway ends on April 10, 2010 at 11:59 pm PST. Winner will be selected by random.org and notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected. Please remember to leave your email address if it is not attached to your profile so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!

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VABookworm87 said...

My dream job would be working as an Egyptologist alongside Dr. Zahi Hawass in Egypt :o)

VABookworm87 said...

I follow your blog!

Kailia Sage said...

Being a lawyer...even if i didn't get money for this, I'd love to be one!

I follow your blog

Anonymous said...

My passion has been to follow pandemics for the past 7 years. I know that sounds unusual, but I have learned alot about many things.

Anonymous said...

I am a email subscriber.

michelle said...

An underwater treasure hunter.


Aisling said...

I'd love to be a professional traveler for fun and profit. There are so many places to go and see and investigate.

Aisling said...

I follow via Google Friend Connect.

ezmerelda said...

I would love to read for a living.

Amber said...

Travel is my passion and if money were not an issue I would want to be a travel writer!
Thank you for the giveaway :)

Amber said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect!
Thank you for the giveaway :)

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I am a subscriber

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J. Cannon said...

My dream job is to become a pastry chief and open my own catering/bakery.

Deborah said...

I love exploring culture thru food, so if I could, I'd be a cultural anthropologist specializing in food culture.

Deborah said...

I'm following with Google Friend Connect.

Anonymous said...

I currently grow spices! i love finding new ways to use them!

5webs said...

My passion is Whole Foods. If money was not an option, I'd love to be a stockgirl or cashier at Whole Foods.
Alicia Webster

5webs said...

I subscribe via E-mail
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I follow your blog via GFC (5webs)
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I follow you on Twitter(5webs) and I Tweeted this giveaway
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Emmy T said...

I would love to read for a living. My wishlist of books to be read is to big for someone that spends 40 hours a week doing something else.

Joannie said...

My dream job would be a teacher in an orphanage I visited near Capetown, South Africa (and to have Oprah fund the orphanage so that these children of AIDS victims could
have opportunities to do great things with their lives.)
hi_joan_elliott at hotmail dot com

vmkids said...

I would love to be a person who designs games for survivor or shows like that.

Colengal said...

I think it would be great to work for the National Parks, or in Historical Preservation.

proverbs31gal said...

dream job would be to be a photographer for national geographic. sent all around the world to take pictures! love it!

mrsfarns07 at hotmail dot com

Jenn S. said...

I would love to be a museum curator.

Randominities said...

I am living my dream job!

I know it may sound lame to someone not in the field, but I love being a Pediatric Physical Therapist Assistant.

I have wanted to be a Physical Therapist Assistant since I was 20 years old.

But I got married and w/child early and had to postpone, but I am glad to say it was worth the wait!

sibabe64 said...

comedian ....I love to see people laugh
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karen said...

My dream job is to open my own faux finishing business. Thanks.


Melissa B. said...

I would love to be a writer.

Amanda S. said...

I would love to move to NYC and become a Broadway show critic!

Pamela said...

Art is my passion.
My dream job would to be a curator at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

fancyfeet48 said...

i live my dream job I massage feet

fancyfeet48 said...

I follow your blog using google friend connect

Ashley said...

Ever since I was little I wanted to be a zookeeper or a dolphin trainer.


Gianna said...

To own my own restaurant.

Jinxy and Me said...

I love to travel and my dream job would be a travel writer!

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect.

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm subscribed to your RSS feed in my Google Reader.

Atreau said...

I would love to travel around the world working for non-profit organizations in every continent.

Honestly one of my biggest dreams is to create an international organization for skin disorders.

If only I had a generous sponsor!

lilyk said...

My passion is to try out new foods. If money weren't an issue my dream job would be a restaurant critic.

lilyk said...

I subscribed by email.



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