Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras and Chef Jeff Cooks

Jeff Henderson
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Dec 29, 2008

In Cooked, Jeff Henderson tells an inspirational story of triumph over the odds. While growing up in the inner city, he is attracted to the wealth of neighborhood hustlers. Soon he is running drugs himself and making huge sums of money. At 24 he's arrested and spends ten years in prison where, while working as a dishwasher in the prison kitchen, Jeff discovers a passion that ultimately saves him. Drawing on the same tenacity that ensured his success on the streets, Jeff relentlessly pursues his goal of becoming a chef, ultimately earning a place in some of the most exclusive kitchens in America.

Chef Jeff Cooks picks up where Cooked left off with recipes that Jeff has developed by blending the traditional southern comfort food he grew up on with the culinary sophistication he’s learned as a professional chef. Chef Jeff Cooks offers a wide variety of dishes including basics like stocks and broths. Each recipe is prefaced with an anecdote or a story about some of the people you’ll remember from Cooked.

Reviewed by Helen H.
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