Feb 27, 2011

Scars of a Chef by Rick Tramanto with Lisa Jackson

Rick Tramanto’s life was not always as prestigious and fulfilling as it now.  In his autobiography, Scars of a Chef, Tramanto tells the story of hardships he suffered, and the decisions that almost cost him his life.  Having an Italian background, passion was not something he lacked.  He was passionate about the things that caught his interest, and those things were women, drugs, and cooking.  Rick Tramanto takes us back to his childhood where cooking was a big part of his life, as well as his parents dysfunctional abuse of one another.  He then takes us on a journey of discovery into the culinary world, his addiction to “partying” and ultimately a discovery of true love.  Against all odds, Tramanto worked his way from a Wendy’s Chef to opening the four-star establishment Tru.  Scars of a Chef says it all, in this honest, down to earth autobiography you will find the wounds of Rick Tramanto and the healing God brought to create those scars. 

Tramanto takes us from the beginning to the end in this simple yet insightful autobiography.  He takes us into the kitchens of the most esteemed restaurants in the West Coast and reveals to us the struggles he faced, as well as the hardships he endured to get to where he wanted to go.  For a long time Tramanto was doing things his way until one fateful day, when life was falling down all around him.  I loved at the beginning of each chapter he quoted a scripture that went along with what he was sharing, and wrapped each chapter up with a recipe.  This book is just plain outright REAL. 

I received a complimentary copy of Scars of a Chef by Rick Tramanto Tyndale House Publishers as part of their blog review program.  The views and opinions are my own.


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