Foreword Reviews

No Experience Necessary

The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken

2013 INDIES Finalist
Finalist, Autobiography & Memoir (Adult Nonfiction)

This is Van Aken’s joyride of a memoir. In the irreverent tradition of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, and populated by a rogues’ gallery of colorful characters—including movie stars, legendary musicians, and culinary giants Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, and Charlie Trotter—this offers a uniquely personal, highly-entertaining under-the-tablecloth view of the high-stakes world of American cuisine told with wit, insight, and great affection by a natural storyteller.