The Recipe: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Ingredients of Greatness
"Always be hungry, Owen," the Chef said softly. "Don't ever let life just wash over you. Savor it--every smell, every taste, every sound. That's Rule One, Owen: Taste everything."
Owen Devon used to have a pretty good life. At least until a few months ago, when disaster struck his family. Now his grades are plunging and his life is spiraling out of control. To make matters worse, he's just been tagged for vandalism--and to repay the damage, he's being put to work for the crusty old owner of the local diner.
But there's a lot about the old man that Owen doesn't know--and in this diner's cramped little kitchen, he's going to learn a lot more than how to cook an excellent meal....
From eight-time Culinary Olympian Chef Charles Carroll and New York Times bestselling author John David Mann (The Go-Giver) comes a tale of heartbreak and redemption, the story of a boy who learns to overcome tragedy and carve out a life of excellence and honor through cooking lessons at the hands of a retired chef. Blending poignant story-telling with vivid culinary detail, The Recipe offers readers a compelling recipe for personal greatness.
Throughout the story the reader also learns key cooking concepts, cutting techniques, and other practical secrets of the kitchen. Includes a complete set of recipes for dishes cooked in the story.
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"An instant classic ... The Recipe shows that true greatness isn't about what you achieve, it's about who you become in the process." -- George Foreman, former World Heavyweight Champion
"The Recipe is a timeless fable, the story of a young boy in trouble and the aging chef who redirects his career and reshapes his life. This engaging tale offers guidelines for working--and for living--that will last a lifetime." -- Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
"The Recipe is a little story about big ideas--love, honor, loss, and redemption. Read it and be transformed by its simple, noble truths." -- Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Who Had No Title
"Some books entertain, while others make you think, occasionally even inspire. It's rare to find one that causes you to look inside and examine your life. The Recipe is such a book." -- Chef Paul Sorgule, president of Harvest America Ventures
"Wonderful and thoughtful story-telling ... Owen could be any one of us, going through our own uphill journey--and having been there myself, I can say this: everyone should hope for a mentor like The Recipe's John Kellaway." -- Chef Rick Tramonto, Top Chef and Iron Chef America, author of Scars of a Chef
"Brilliantly prepared and exquisitely presented ... a story of immense wisdom whose main ingredient is love. And by the way, if you find your eyes watering at the end--it isn't the onions." -- Bob Burg, coauthor of The Go-Giver and The Go-Giver Leader
"A remarkable story of redemption, forgiveness, and patience in the process of becoming. I was completely captivated from the first sentence to the final page." -- Dondi Scumaci, executive coach and author of Designed for Success
"Mann and Carroll deliver a moving story with captivating characters and an inspiring message. Soak it in!" -- Rory Vaden, cofounder, Southwestern Consulting, author, Take the Stairs
"A delicious read in more ways than one: descriptions of food so vivid your taste buds tingle--and a great story to warm your heart." -- Robert G. Allen, author of Multiple Streams of Income
"A blueprint for transcending limitations and living a big life. The Recipe will speak directly to your heart and help you find your way." -- Michael Port, author of Book Yourself Solid and The Think Big Manifesto
"A coming-of-age story, a meditation on food and the art of cooking, and a life manual, all wrapped together into one exquisite package. Carroll and Mann have crafted a tale of struggle and triumph that touched my heart and inspired my soul. The Recipe is magical!" -- Lisa Earle McLeod, author of Leading with Noble Purpose
"Cooking is like life: if you don't pay attention to the small things, the day-to-day slicing and dicing, the larger presentation can become an absolute mess. The Recipe is a great instrument for sharpening your knife." -- Josh Ellis, editor in chief of SUCCESS magazine