The Recipe: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Ingredients of Greatness


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Austin David Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.69 inches | 0.98 pounds
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About the Author

CHEF CHARLES CARROLL ( is an eight-time Culinary Olympian who travels the world speaking on championship thinking and personal greatness. He has shared the stage with such figures as former world heavyweight champion George Foreman, Chef Robert Irvine (Restaurant Impossible), Chef Graham Kerr (The Galloping Gourmet), and Chef Rick Tramonto (Iron Chef America). He was named one of the year's Great Country Inn Chefs by the James Beard Foundation (1993) and is past president of the World Association of Chefs Societies, with over 10 million members in 105 countries. Among his titles and distinctions, Chef Carroll has been inducted into the World Master Chefs Association, the American Academy of Chefs, the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, and the Honorable order of the Golden Toque. For his work with U.S. troops abroad, Chef Carroll was personally commended by U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In 2013 he was awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Martin by the U.S. Army. Chef Carroll currently serves as Executive Chef of Houston's River Oaks Country Club.
JOHN DAVID MANN ( is coauthor of the national bestselling classic The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, which has sold more than half a million copies in more than two dozen languages. Winner of the Axiom Business Book Award's Gold Medal in 2008, The Go-Giver has been hailed as the most important parable about business-and life-of our time by bestselling author and Wharton professor Adam Grant; a small book that packs a huge idea by bestselling author Daniel Pink; a good description of many of the most amazing people I've encountered by Arianna Huffington; and a must-read by anyone who wants to change the world by talk show host Glenn Beck. Inc. magazine named it one of the 18 Most Motivational Books of All Time. His other titles include the New York Times bestsellers Flash Foresight (with Daniel Burrus) and The Red Circle (with Brandon Webb) and the national bestsellers Among Heroes (with Brandon Webb), The Slight Edge (with Jeff Olson), and Real Leadership (with John Addison). His 2011 Take the Lead (with Betsy Myers) was named by Tom Peters and The Washington Post as Best Leadership Book of 2011.


"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