This a fascinating inside look from one of the world's best know chefs into what shaped and influenced him to become the culinary master he is. From the pain and abuse endured as a child, to the many mentors that taught and inspired him, Eric Ripert gives a amazing account of his life from earliest beginnings to the pinnacle of his enduring success. This also a good, detailed look at what it is like to work in some of the most famous restaurant's kitchens-- the stress, abuse, inspiration and the competitive nature of the staff. I recommend this book for all who love fine food and wonders what makes a food master tick. I received this book as an ARC in a giveaway by the author.