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Name:  James P. DeWan  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in

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DeWan lives on Chicago's northwest side.

Biographical and Professional Information

James P. DeWan is a chef, award-winning culinary instructor and award-winning food writer. He turned a one-time invitation to contribute to the Chicago Tribune into a regular Good Eating section. He also wrote for numerous other local and national publications, including Plate Magazine, North Shore Magazine and Restaurants and Institutions.As his presence on the culinary scene grew, he earned a degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC). He went on to became a writing instructor, and later joined the culinary faculty there. Since 2008 he's served on the faculty of Kendall College's School of Culinary Arts, rated one of the top 10 culinary programs in the country. He was the recipient of that school's 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award.His monthly Chicago Tribune column, ''Prep School'', offers in-depth and lighthearted instruction in classic culinary methods and techniques. A collection of his columns were published in ebook form in the fall of 2012, where it reached the #1 position on Amazon's Top 100 Professional Cooking chart. A hardcover edition was published in 2013. He is also the author, with Jeffrey Elliot, of ''The Zwilling J. A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills: The Essential Guide to Use, Techniques and Care''.


Prep School

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Prep school :
ISBN: 1572841982. OCLC Number: 933590592

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Prep School is the ultimate collection of the weekly Chicago Tribune column of the same name, written by culinary instructor and award-winning food writer James P. DeWan. This compilation is focused on teaching readers how to become better cooks, from amateurs who are learning to cook for themselves or their families to professional and gourmet chefs who are searching to perfect their technique. Illustrated with full-color photography and a plethora of simple, plainspoken instructions, Prep School is an easy go-to guide for becoming more adept at any kitchen skill.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels complete book of knife skills :
ISBN: 0778802566. OCLC Number: 565930902

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Anyone who wants to cook-- either professionally or at home-- needs to know how to use a knife. Holding and using knives correctly will not only help you work more safely, but also enable you to work faster, making you much more efficient in the kitchen.