Scott Haas

discusses

Back of the House:
The Secret Life of a Restaurant

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
4
Monday
February 4, 2013
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is delighted to welcome James Beard Award–winner SCOTT HAAS for a discussion of his latest book, Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant.

A food writer and clinical psychologist, Haas wanted to know what went on inside the mind of a top chef—and what kind of emotional dynamics drove the fast-paced, intense interactions inside a great restaurant. To capture all the heat and hunger, he spent eighteen months immersed in the kitchen of James Beard Award-winner Tony Maws’ restaurant, Craigie on Main, in Cambridge. He became part of the family, experiencing the drama first-hand. Here, Haas exposes the inner life of a chef, what it takes to make food people crave, and how to achieve greatness in a world that demands more than passion and a sharp set of knives.

A lens into what motivates and inspires all chefs—including Thomas Keller, Andrew Carmellini, whose stories are also shared here—Back of the House will change the way you think about food—and about the complicated people who cook it and serve it.

Scott Haas
Scott Haas

Scott Haas

Scott Haas is a food writer and clinical psychologist and a former staff producer and on-air talent for "Here and Now," on WBUR, an NPR affiliate. He reports monthly for "The Splendid Table," syndicated nationally on Public Radio International.  Haas received a James Beard nomination for Best Short Radio piece in the United States in 2003 and won First Place Awards from the Associated Press in 2000 and 2001. He has written for Gourmet, is a contributing editor at The Robb Report, and co-wrote The Da Silvano Cookbook. In addition to being a writer, Dr. Haas is chief psychologist at a teaching hospital associated with Boston University Medical School.

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