Book Review & Giveaway: Talking with My Mouth Full

A while back I saw that Gail Simmons had a book coming out.  I knew I had to read it.  I have been of fan Gail Simmons since I first saw her on Top Chef.  If you are a regular here, you know Top Chef is my favorite television show.  I dvr it so I never miss an episode.  Gail is always so sincere and never condescending to the chef contestants, I really respect that about her.

I must say that after reading Talking with My Mouth Full, I am an even bigger fan.  Gail has had quite the interesting career which began with four words.  Eat. Write. Travel. Cook.  That became the basis for her career as a professional eater, cook, food critic, magazine editor, and reality television star.  Talking with My Mouth Full is her journey to this amazing career.

In case you aren’t quite the fan I am, Gail is the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts and a permanent judge on Top Chef and Special Projects Director for Food & Wine magazine.  She has worked hard and earned her positions and is so passionate about food and every step of the process of getting that food to the plate.  I think that is a big part of what makes her a great judge and her passion really comes through in her story.

You get the back story and the interesting journey her life has taken from her world travels growing up, behind the scenes of Top Chef and Just Desserts and a glimpse into the world of a food critic and how it is to work in the kitchens of some of New York’s finest restaurants.

I could go on and on about the details of the book because I really enjoyed it.  But I think you should read it for yourself, I know you will love it.  Gail’s story was not one of ease and the life of luxury you might imagine it to be.  I found it not only interesting, but  inspiring, quite sincere and unpretentious, especially for a celebrity.

There are a few of Gail’s favorite recipes in the back of the book that I thought was a perfect ending to this great memoir.

You can get a copy from most any book retailer or Amazon and she still has a few stops left on her book tour!  Or enter here for your chance to win a copy of your own!

WE HAVE A WINNER! Diane MMarch 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

“Gail is so great on all the various Top Chef shows, I can’t wait to read her new book!”

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Giveaway open to US residents, comments accepted through Friday, March 23, 2012.



Disclosure: I was provided with the book for review and Hyperion Books is sponsoring the giveaway.


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