I like to read books that relate to cooking, and I like autobiography. Pepin's "The Apprentice" was entirely satisfactory, and so is this book, dealing as it does with coming up through the ranks in a professional kitchen. A nasty business, it seems, but for the best, the rewards eventually come. This book introduces the complexity of race and adoption to the career path, and does it successfully. It shows, like Pepin's book shows, that determination, hard work--the "showing up," the "want to"--trump all sorts of problems. This is sort of a "coming of age" in the kitchen book. and it emphasizes the degree of maturity necessary to deal with a professional apprenticeship in a world where the boss often behaves in a manner that would not be considered "professional" in the modern workplace. Really good read.