Worth checking out! A brand new release from impressive chef, Jesse Schenker. The new candid and intense memoir ALL OR NOTHING: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme by NYC chef Jesse Schenker. You may have encountered edgy food writing before . . . but you’ve in all likelihood never read anything quite like the jaw-dropping story Jesse Schenker recounts in ALL OR NOTHING. Part Kitchen Confidential part Breaking Bad, ALL OR NOTHING is a culinary memoir exploring the highs and lows of addiction, anxiety, and ambition in the world of haute cuisine. It is a chef’s memoir like no other, blending vivid culinary description and a childlike passion for kitchen concoction with passages of visceral, often gut-wrenching excess and a harrowing descent into a dark world few of us can imagine. But what truly distinguishes the book, and makes it more than just an unlikely and exciting hybrid, is the through-line of Jesse’s self-proclaimed appetite for the extreme, the dangerous impulse within that, perhaps ironically, fueled his imagination and ambition. What emerges is a fascinating meditation on the dark side of creativity and the thin line between genius and madness, between success and self-destruction.
Be sure to check out this interesting and riveting read. Jesse is as passionate about his book as he is about his food and has never before talked publicly about his dark past and his remarkable journey.
Jesse Schenker is executive chef and owner of Gander and Recette, which he opened with his wife, Lindsay, in New York’s Greenwich Village in 2010. Recette is a James Beard Best Restaurant semifinalist Nominee and received two star reviews from both the New York Times and New York magazine. It was listed as one of Sam Sifton’s favorite newcomers of 2010, and was named Best New Restaurant by the New York Times and one of NYC’s 10 most exciting restaurants by Manhattan magazine. The James Beard Rising Star semifinalist was included in Zagat’s “30 Hottest Chefs Under 30” and Forbes’s “30 Under 30,” was named Best New Chef by New York magazine, and beat Chef Zakarian in an Iron Chef America battle. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.