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.
John David Mann's diverse career has made him a thought leader in several different industries. In 1986 he founded and wrote for Solstice, a journal on health, nutrition and environmental issues; his series on the climate crisis (yes, he was writing about this back in the eighties) was selected for national reprint in Utne Reader. In 1992 John helped write and produce the underground bestseller The Greatest Networker in the World, by John Milton Fogg, which became the defining book in its industry and sold over 1 million copies in eight languages. During the 1990s, John built a multimillion-dollar sales organization of over 100,000 people. He was cofounder and senior editor of the Upline journal and editor in chief of Network Marketing Lifestyles and Networking Times.
John is an award-winning author whose writings have earned the Nautilus Award, the Axiom Business Book Award (Gold Medal), and Taiwan’s Golden Book Award for Innovation. His books are published in two dozen languages and have sold more than 2 million copies. In addition to coauthoring the national bestseller The Go-Giver and Go-Givers Sell More with Bob Burg, he is also coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers The Red Circle with Brandon Webb and Flash Foresight with Daniel Burrus and the national bestsellers The Slight Edge with Jeff Olson and Real Leadership with John Addison. His Take the Lead with Betsy Myers, which was named Best Leadership Book of 2011 by Tom Peters and the Washington Post.
"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
"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, SUCCESS magazine
"The Recipe is 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Multiple Streams of Income
"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." -- Paul Sorgule, president, Harvest America Ventures
"Carroll and Mann have done a fantastic job paralleling the joys and challenges of cooking to those we face in life. The story will draw you in, and chefs and home cooks alike will learn from these lessons of the kitchen." -- Chef John Folse, host, PBS's After the Hunt
"Eloquent, heartfelt, honest, and wise ... you will the passion, commitment, and dedication to process on every page." -- Kirk T. Bachmann, M.Ed., Campus President, Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
"Read this book! You'll love the principles and appreciate the wisdom." -- Nido Qubein, president, High Point University
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