Thing that has worried me about my students and their chances of chnging thier lives is the depth and totality of the the changes they need to make in order to stay out of prisonThose of use who work with at risk youth or with adjudicated youth talk a lot about choices and change but we never really show them how all encompassing this change will have to be because it is not just about habits or lifestyle It is also about culture and about leaving behind everything you know for something you don t know The changes these young people need to make permeate everything in their lives Many of my students don t believe in bank accounts They can t adjust their speech register to meet new situations and they don t know what it means to have fun without drinking or toking So how did Chef Jeff do it I think that best part of his book comes near the end when he says it took him almost 18 years to et it right and to makes the transition completeIn this day and age when we watch shows about re building a house in 2 days and we think every success has to be overnight or it will never come that line says than anything else Chef Jeff says although he makes a lot of valuable points Many of my students want things when they want them and they don t know how to work towards a Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow goal one step at a time In fact when I told one of my students that I was reading this book and I would loan it to him but he had to wait a few Of his life behind bars The street life had been the only one he'd ever known and even incarcerated he was too hardheaded to realize that noood would come of it That is until he was assigned to one of the least desirable prison jobs washing dishes That job helped turn his whole life around It The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid gave him access to the prison kitchen and he became fascinated watching his fellow prisoners cook for the thousands of other inmates and prison officials Henderson learned to cook in prison Not cocaine but food And his dream was born Once outside he would become a chef It was a tough seemingly impossible journey for an ex con Few chefs wouldive him the oppo.
This book was a true uick read although not for the normal reasons it was easy to Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys get through not because it was a page turner or a reallyreat book but rather it was a very simple plain english down to earth account of jeff henderson s life as a crack dealer in southern california his subseuent fall and jail stint and his eventual rise back up through the culinary world as a chef it was pretty amazing to think that a person could have the drive to accomplish what he did after all he went through and this tipped the scales for me as i was deciding between 3 and 4 stars but this is really a 35 star book weak on literary merit strong on story i m also very interested in the culinary world so that probably biased me toward a 4 star rating rather than the 3 it might deserve buyer beware I liked this book because it is showing that in life you are Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, going to make mistakes In this book that is exactly what Jeff Henderson did Jeff was making hundreds of thousands of dollars in a week by selling drugs For this action jeff was sentenced to 19 and 12 years but after his time he became a different man and took his talents to the stove and never looked back If you wanna keep learning about Jeff story read this book I bought this book because I had heard about Jeff Henderson s transition from drug dealer to convict to successful cheff and I thought I could use this book in my job because I teach in a prison Some. Jeff Henderson was just another inner city black kid born into a world of poverty and limited options where crime seemed to provide the only way toet out Raised mostly by his single mother who struggled just to keep food on the table Jeff dreamed big He had to et out and he soon did by turning to what so many in his community did dealing drugs But Jeff was no ordinary drug dealer; by twenty one he was one of the top cocaine dealers in San Diego making up to 35000 a week Two years later he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost twenty years in prison Before he knew what had hit him he was looking at spending most.
Ays because I was reading it he asked me for three times that same day I was lad he was interested but I also wanted to tell him to stop asking me he could wait a few days and it wouldn t kill him In his mind if he didn t Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, get it right away he might neveret it I think I ll highlight that uote in the book and see if my student Only a Whisper gets itHenderson s writing style is straight forward and honest It was an easy book to read because I felt as if I was sitting there talking to thisuy and that makes a better book for my students They want to hear from somebody who speaks in a way that they can understand and who isn t so far removed from them that they could never be like him Henderson s point is that they could be like him if they work hard have patience keep learning and open their mindsI am planning to order a few copies of this book and use it in class I also plan to talk to my students about time and how it s on their side I wrote a review for this book for my job so I ll keep this short It s an engaging uick read that seems to be the real deal as oppossed to all those fake memoirs that have been exposed lately Jeff Henderson s story of Copper Lake Secrets going from a crack dealer to a prisoner to a top rated chef is a truly inspiring story His writing is a little rough but it works I m also not too sure howood it is to essentially have a crack recipe in the book but the fried chicken recipe looks Brooklyn's Song good I monna try it. Rtunity to cook in their restaurants And once hired he endured racism and sabotage in the kitchen But Henderson refused to accept rejection Driven by a dream and an unshakable will to succeed Chef Jeff worked hard to overcome unimaginable adversity and eventually reached the top of his profession becoming executive chef at Caf Bellagio in Las Vegas pAlive with the energy of the streets the sober reality of prison and the visceral thrill of being inside the fast paced kitchens of reat restaurants Cooked is an intense intimate tale of crime punishment and redemption a deeply poignant story of how the worst wrong can lead to the most extraordinary rig.