Ron Gaj Cooks Up Humorous Memoir in ‘Purple Chicken’

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Author tells all as a 60-something man enrolling in culinary arts school

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“Purple Chicken” shares one man’s entertaining foray into the often unpredictable world of culinary arts as he learns to produce delectable creations and discover the unexpected.

Approaching retirement means different things to different people, but to 60-something Ron Gaj, who had always loved to cook, it meant trying something new – culinary school. In his new book, “Purple Chicken: My Adventures and Misadventures as a Wannabe Chef” (published by iUniverse), Gaj details his often hilarious journey through the world of culinary arts.

With a cast of characters who seem better groomed for reform school, Gaj provides a glimpse into how he sharpened his rudimentary cooking skills through weeks of chopping, dicing, boiling, sautéing and and participating in the solution of simple math problems that were treated like quantum physics – ultimately becoming a braver soul in the kitchen.

While books like “Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain, “The Soul of a Chef” by Michael Ruhlman and “Becoming a Chef” by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page provide deep, serious descriptions of the dark underbelly of the world of culinary arts and what it takes to become a successful and recognized chef, “Purple Chicken” takes a look at the initial training period for this industry from a humorous perspective.

Purple Chicken” shares one man’s entertaining foray into the often unpredictable world of culinary arts as he learns to produce delectable creations and discover the unexpected.

“Purple Chicken”
By Ron Gaj
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 144 pages | ISBN 9781475969689
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 144 pages | ISBN 9781475969672
E-Book | 144 pages | ISBN 9781475969696
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Ron Gaj is the owner and president of a technology consulting firm that has served the lodging, gaming and restaurant industries for the past 30 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering. Because of his love for cooking, he took a sabbatical and enrolled in culinary school, graduating at the age of 63. Gaj lives in Illinois.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations – self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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