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Chef Interrupted: Discovering Life’s Second Course in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis

By Trevis L. Gleason


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In April 2001, Trevis Gleason was a chef on the rise, teaching at institutions such as Cornell University and California Culinary Academy. Then one day, just as his career was entering rarefied air, he suffered a stroke-like episode and was diagnosed with incurable multiple sclerosis. He lost everything – his job, his marriage, even his perceived persona. Instead of falling to pieces, he saw an opportunity to fulfil a long-postponed dream: he put life in Seattle on hold and moved to west Kerry.

Renting a cottage in ‘The Town’, braving sheep-obstructed roads and tapping into a profound passion for food, he learned his life, loves and even dreams weren’t lost – just waiting to be rediscovered.

In a moving memoir, Trevis reveals the challenges and joys of living with a disease in an Irish town. He surmounts physical setbacks and cultural differences with self-effacing wit, serving up life’s lessons and his favourite recipes one tasty chapter after another. This is a story not of survival, but of living life to the full. Trevis’ humour in the face of his changed life is sure to inspire and have you coming back for seconds. 

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2017
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm
  • Number of pages: 300
  • ISBN: 9781848893023
  • Illustrations note: Photos,
The humour is guaranteed to have you coming back for second helpings.
Charming [...] powerful.
Engaging, witty yet inspiring.
Highly recommended.
Told with humour, insight and a good dollop of biting sarcasm that's not common in your average 'wide-eyed' Yank.

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