Earlier this month, former Chez Panisse/Stars chef Jeremiah Tower announced somewhat cryptically via Twitter that he'd written a book about legendary French chef Auguste Escoffier. And now, boom: A Dash of Genius: Escoffier and I has popped up on Amazon as a Kindle Single. The book discusses Escoffier's life and his influence on the culinary world as well as his influence on Tower personally, from the time he first read Ma Cuisine in high school to his days at Chez Panisse and beyond.
Tower tells Eater he sees Escoffier's influence everywhere today, as "Every culinary academy curriculum in the USA was and probably still is based on his principles and teaching...Almost anyone who went to one of them is Escoffier systems-and principles-trained." And he adds that you can see the work of the great French chef in the most progressive kitchens in the country: "Molecular cuisine, the first major artistic kick in the culinary pants since Nouvelle Cuisine, is reworking the old rules and conceptions."
And as for going digital? Amazon approached Tower about publishing the piece, and he says he was drawn to "the format of a quick read, 25,000 words or so." He adds that he's outlining additional Singles "in case there is a demand," so if you like what you see, there might be more where that came from.