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About the Author

Michael Ruhlman was born in 1963 in Cleveland and graduated Duke in 1985 with a BA in literature. His first book, Boy's Themselves (1996), revealed life at an all-boy day school. His second, the Making of a Chef came in 1997 and was re-released in 2009 in a new paperback edition. Michael's other show more published works include The Soul of a Chef (2000), Wooden Boats: In Pursuit of the Perfect Craft at an American Boatyard (2001), and Walk on Water (2003). He co-wrote The French Laundry Cookbook (1999) with Thomas Keller and A Return to Cooking (2002) with Eric Ripert, chef-owner of Le Bernardin. His latest works include Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing (2011) and Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing (2012), both with Brian Polcyn. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Michael Ruhlman

Charcuterie (2005) 565 copies, 5 reviews
The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen (2006) 413 copies, 5 reviews
House: A Memoir (2005) 114 copies, 3 reviews

Associated Works

Ad Hoc at Home (2009) — Contributor — 646 copies, 7 reviews
Bouchon (2004) — Author — 500 copies, 3 reviews
Best Food Writing 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 60 copies, 1 review
Best Food Writing 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 42 copies, 1 review


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Common Knowledge



Michael Ruhlman's "The Reach of a Chef" in Food History (October 2011)


This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I don't usually read short stories -- I'm more a novel-type of person. However, I was curious about this collection, because my kids went to college in Cleveland, Ohio, so I'm familiar with some of the geographical areas featured in the collection. Of the 15 stories, only two would rate lower than five stars for me, and those would still get four stars. So I give the collection an overall rating of five stars.

This collection is appropriately titled "Noir" because the stories are indeed dark. Some are disturbingly dark; some have very clever twists that elicited a "whoa" from me. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the stories!… (more)
niaomiya | 14 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
I love Ruhlman's way of focusing on technique behind the recipe, and Egg is no exception. He takes skills and utility of eggs and breaks them down by how they're used, and different applications of each.

I'm basically making my Valentine's Day dinner egg-centric because of this book. It's lovely!
theOsteoholic | 3 other reviews | Dec 24, 2023 |
I'm going to be honest, I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. I went into this book thinking it was going to be very dry. Ruhlman did an amazing job providing recipes with interesting history, and personal stories.

I am an admitted amateur in the realm of cocktails. This book holds true to its title, keeping every recipe simple, reducing them down to their original ratios. From there, Ruhlman gives variations on every drink, giving popular opinions, as well as his own on each recipe. This book has actually helped me understand the reasoning and history behind every concoction. I am currently working my way through the different Manhattan recipes to see what I personally enjoy.

If you are not familiar with the cocktail world like myself, I would highly recommend this book. If you are familiar, I would still recommend it.
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Zorandar | Nov 20, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The fun thing about the Akashic Noir series is seeing the local character present itself through the various stories in each book. I've read a handful of these now, and there a some distinct flavors: Atlanta and Austin bounce around relatively young and rapidly growing cities, with most of the focus on the here and now and the stressors being growth and disparate economic fortunes; Alabama gave some distinctly southern spin to both urban and rural locales, which kept things lively; meanwhile Cleveland joins New Orleans in showcasing cities with pasts perhaps more glamourous than current times, which bleeds into the stories in each book - there are ghosts that haunt these cities and these pages.

The other key feature of these collections (like most anthologies with multiple artists) is that one's mileage may vary in regards to which stories hit home most effectively. For me, there are a few here that feel either unfinished, or as if they were written as part of a larger project. They we're necessarily less enjoyable, but the hint of missing pieces did leave me a little less satisfied with those particular stories. Not necessary to name them specifically (don't want to seem negative here), but worth noting this represents only 2-3 stories out of the whole, so not a big drag for me.

Standouts, on the other hand, do make up 4-6 stories in my opinion. Susan Patrone's "The Silent Partner" was a fun one early in the collection with a tone markedly different from most of the others (which isn't to say that it doesn't feature some of the haunting mentioned earlier). "Bus Stop" by Dana McSwain was a nice creepy number to close out Part I "City Center." D.M. Pulley's "Tremonster" offered a somewhat surprising climax to a gentrification tale, and editors Miesha Wilson Headen and Michael Ruhlman also contributed stories that playfully turned tables on the characters within them.

Overall, another enjoyable stop in a city I am only passingly familiar with, but which I feel I know a bit better after letting these writers give us a tour of the seedier people and/or sides of town.
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lordporkchop | 14 other reviews | Oct 25, 2023 |



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