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Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen (Pepin) - Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions 
Use our LitLovers Book Club Resources; they can help with discussions for any book:

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Also, consider these LitLovers talking points to help get a discussion started for The Apprentice:

1. What personal and professional qualities does it take to become a top chef? How difficult is the road to earn the title "chef"? What would you say has made Jacques Pepin so successful?

2. Why does Pepin turn down a job as White House chef to stay with Howard Johnson? What does it say about the kind of person Pepin is? And what does the experience working at HoJo's gain him—what does he learn?

3. Why does Pepin turn to teaching and writing? What does he hope to achieve in the classroom or through books?

4. What has The Apprentice taught you about the different approaches to cooking? Have you learned any new culinary techniques that could be useful in your own kitchen?

5. Pepin shares part of the insider's world of cooking personalities. Talk about some of those culinary figures and some of the anecdotes.

6. For book clubs, have members cook and serve some of the recipes found in the book. Talk about which ones you like best.

(Questions by LitLovers. Please feel free to use them, online or off, with attribution. Thanks.)

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