Guess what I ordered for my Android Kindle app this morning? Grant Achatz's new memoir, Life, on the Line, which was officially released to the public today. I snubbed a read of the first couple chapters, and I'm really enjoying what I'm reading. I can't wait to learn more about the brilliant chef, his life story, and how he was able to find strength in his cancer diagnosis, one of life's most discouraging obstacles.
Findings: I plan on reading this hand-in-hand with my Alinea cookbook, which is somewhat collecting dust on the nightstand in my bed room. Things have been super crazy in the bean-counting world, so hopefully I'll be able to snag some time to read a few pages before I go to bed and on my daily commute. So far, I'm liking what I'm reading--he starts with a preface that details the night he received the James Beard award for Outstanding Chef in 2008. I plan on attending a free lecture at the New York Public Library on May 10 at 6:30 PM, where Chef Achatz and his business partner and co-author, Nick Kokonas, will "discuss the inside story of what it takes to rise to the top of the restaurant world, as well as Chef Achatz's intimate and inspiring battle with cancer." I'm looking forward to this very much--perhaps I'll finally get to meet the dynamic duo in the flesh, and just maybe, I'll be able to have my copies of the memoir and the Alinea cookbook signed and added to my bookshelf of signed books!
Price point: $12.99 for the Kindle edition of the memoir.