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American chef Nick Kokonas’ story “Life, on the Line” would be an interesting read! At the peak of his career he was diagnosed with tongue cancer which, apart from being life threatening, resulted in him losing his sense of taste! Quite important for a chef! Not wanting to be kept down he trained his chefs to mimic his palate and learned how to cook with his other senses! Later he received the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef in America Award.

I am going to purchase this book and read it because apart from my culinary interest I am always looking for inspirational stories like this to motivate myself and, more importantly, my husband who was diagnosed with lung cancer late last year. He is finding it hard to cope mentally as well as physically. It really helps to read or talk to others in similar situations who find the positives and fight for a better life and ultimately their own survival!


Posted by rachkap, 13th June 2013


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  • Sounds like it could be a very interesting read. Might have to look for this one myself

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  • Hadn’t heard of this book, sounds interesting.

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  • Inspirational,Chef too loose his taste & Re invent his sensors ! Will be s good read

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  • this sounds very interesting .

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