Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters

Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters

By the time Dominique Crenn decided to become a chef, at the age of twenty-one, she knew it was a near impossible dream in France where almost all restaurant kitchens were run by men. So she moved to San Francisco to train under Jeremiah Tower. Almost thirty years later, Crenn was awarded three Michelin Stars in 2018 for her restaurant Atelier Crenn, and became the first female chef in the United States to receive this honor.

In this book, the author writes of her childhood in Versailles. Adopted as a toddler, growing up she often felt like an outsider, and was haunted by a past she knew nothing about. But after years of working to fill this blank space, Crenn has embraced the power her history gives her to be whoever she wants to be. She also addresses restaurant culture, sexism, immigration, and climate change, this is a book of a chef's personal journey of discovery.

Title:Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735224742
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    Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters Reviews

  • Bonnie DeMoss

    3.5 Stars, rounded up to 4.Rebel Chef is the story of Dominique Crenn, from her adoption and childhood in France to owning her own restaurant and finding success in America. She shares personal storie...

  • Hope

    Dominique Crenn's life is fascinating and this autobiography is moving and unapologetic. It was an honor to narrate the audiobook version, especially since it meant I got to read twice, once in prep a...

  • Whitney

    Overall: An interesting and moving memoir about an incredible female chef who forger her own way in a male-dominated profession. Great story and very inspiring but overall lacking in depth 3/5.Summary...

  • yc

    A book I have been looking forward to for years. It didn’t disappoint, and I was truly moved. Her struggles, her dreams, her beliefs, and her heart — beautiful and inspiring. Reading this memoir h...

  • Stephanie

    Every human story is connected if you tell it right, and when I cook there is some connection to an inner part of myself that, when things work out, is able to touch people.” - page 189I fell in lov...

  • Keith Sickle

    An insightful look into the mind and spirit of a great chef. Dominique Crenn, being largely self-taught, is not your typical chef. She is gay, an adoptee, and a woman in what has long been a man's pro...

  • Anna

    3.5 but rounding down because overall I felt kind of neutral about this book. I also listened to the audio book version so that may have impacted my enjoyment.I was excited to pick up this book becaus...

  • Marian

    I enjoy memoirs and if there's food involved, I'm all in -- so it was only natural that I was drawn to reading Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters. Having seen a profile of Dominique Crenn on Netfli...

  • Cari

    I really wanted to like this, but it felt like she was holding something back. There was just some personal element that was missing. An interesting life story nonetheless....

  • Kathleen Gray

    What a life! It's hard to review memoirs because it sometimes feels as thought you are revising the writer's life and life choices. That's not the case here. Crenn is the first female chef in the US t...