Just like Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential became a legendary must-read for all line cooks everywhere, Grant Achatz’s Life, on the line is an absolute must-read for anyone who works with - or even remotely gives a crap about - food.
While I’ve known of Achatz for a little bit (he does, after all, own the best restaurant in the freakin country. No big deal or anything), this is a whole new level of interest and admiration.
The story is remarkable, fascinating, and heartbreaking.
‘Workaholic’ is nothing but an insult to a man who is at home in a kitchen, who would rather be nowhere else, who wants nothing more than to create beautiful works of edible art everyday - and make people happy in the process.
And the book gives me something I’ve wanted for so long: a real, fantastic glimpse into the kitchens I’ve dreamed of: The French Laundry, Charlie Trotter’s, elBulli.
This is a book to read. And one to read for anybody who’s ever lost the passion, love, and dedication for their craft.
I am inspired. I haven’t felt this inspired in a long time.
This book is, simply put, the most important book that any cook can read right now.