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32 Yolks

From My Mother's Table to Working the Line

by Eric Ripert, with Veronica Chambers

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Hailed by Anthony Bourdain as “heartbreaking, horrifying, poignant, and inspiring,” 32 Yolks is the brave and affecting coming-of-age story about the making of a French chef, from the culinary icon behind the renowned New York City restaurant Le Bernardin.


In an industry where celebrity chefs are known as much for their salty talk and quick tempers as their food, Eric Ripert stands out. The winner of four James Beard Awards, co-owner and chef of a world-renowned restaurant, and recipient of countless Michelin stars, Ripert embodies elegance and culinary perfection. But before the accolades, before he even knew how to make a proper hollandaise sauce, Eric Ripert was a lonely young boy in the south of France whose life was falling apart.

Ripert’s parents divorced when he was six, separating him from the father he idolized and replacing him with a cold, bullying stepfather who insisted that Ripert be sent away to boarding school. A few years later, Ripert’s father died on a hiking trip. Through these tough times, the one thing that gave Ripert comfort was food. Told that boys had no place in the kitchen, Ripert would instead watch from the doorway as his mother rolled couscous by hand or his grandmother pressed out the buttery dough for the treat he loved above all others, tarte aux pommes. When an eccentric local chef took him under his wing, an eleven-year-old Ripert realized that food was more than just an escape: It was his calling. That passion would carry him through the drudgery of culinary school and into the high-pressure world of Paris’s most elite restaurants, where Ripert discovered that learning to cook was the easy part—surviving the line was the battle.

Taking us from Eric Ripert’s childhood in the south of France and the mountains of Andorra into the demanding kitchens of such legendary Parisian chefs as Joël Robuchon and Dominique Bouchet, until, at the age of twenty-four, Ripert made his way to the United States, 32 Yolks is the tender and richly told story of how one of our greatest living chefs found himself—and his home—in the kitchen.

Praise for Eric Ripert’s 32 Yolks

“Passionate, poetical . . . What makes 32 Yolks compelling is the honesty and laudable humility Ripert brings to the telling.”Chicago Tribune

“With a vulnerability and honesty that is breathtaking . . . Ripert takes us into the mind of a boy with thoughts so sweet they will cause you to weep. He also lets us into the mind of the man he is today, revealing all the golden cracks and chips that made him more valuable to those around him.”The Wall Street Journal

“Eric Ripert makes magic with 32 Yolks.”Vanity Fair

32 Yolks may not be what you’d expect from a charming, Emmy-winning cooking show host and cookbook author. In the book, there are, of course, scenes of elaborate meals both eaten and prepared. . . . But Ripert’s story is, for the most part, one of profound loss.”Los Angeles Times

“This book demonstrates just how amazing Eric’s life has been both inside and outside of the kitchen. It makes total sense now to see him become one of the greatest chefs in the world today. This is a portrait of a chef as a young man.”—David Chang

Recent Reviews

32 Yolks

Nathaniel Jones

5 Stars

32 Yolks was a great book that me more into cooking. I tried some of the recipes and I was very impressed with how they turned out. I felt that I really could learn how to actually cook with this book. In conclusion, I would recommend this…

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Corey Meyer

4.5 Stars

I was extremely excited to see this book. I am an extreme foodie and Le Bernadin is on the top of my list to visit. Eric Ripert is a legend in the culinary world. The book starts in his youth and the tough times he had prior to getting into…

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Book Review - 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert, with Veronica Chambers

Andrea Bisram

4 Stars

The cook industry is all to familiar with chefs with vulgar languages, quick tempers and explosive personalities. Eric Ripert stands out from the crowd as a winner of four James Beard Awards and has been awarded many Michelin stars. Ripert…

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32 Yolks

Helen Vernier

4 Stars

32 Yolks From My Mother's Table To Working The Line by Eric Ripert is an inspirational story of Ripert's…

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Pretty Depressing

Lauren Klein

2 Stars

This book is pretty depressing. It's not Ripert's fault as I guess his life had a lot of hardship, but it's not really what i was expecting from a cooking memoir. Also I didn't realize this would be an audiobook version rather than a print…

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