Life on the Line: a chef’s story of chasing greatness, facing death,
and redefining the way we eat
By Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas
You do not have to be a fan of upscale dining to love this book by Chicago chef and founder of Alinea, Grant Achatz, about his rise to the top of his profession and his battle with cancer. Anyone who is interested in achieving excellence will find inspiration in the story of Achatz’ education as a chef and his ambition to open his own restaurant and push the boundaries of what is possible with both food preparation and the dining experience. I could not put this book down, and the Chicago connection made it even more engrossing. This was my top book of 2011!
—Written by Julie Keating, Reference/Instruction Librarian