Books: Out of the Frying Pan

KITCHEN PRELUDE — Pierre Hamp —Button ($2.50).

Pierre Hamp, proletarian (as opposed to propagandist) author, has had a queer and difficult apprenticeship in his profession. In Kitchen Prelude, the story of his youth, he tells what it was like to be a pastry-cook's helper in Paris, a chef's assistant behind such glittering faqades as Marguery's Restaurant and London's Savoy Hotel.

Hamp's father was a cook who liked his calling. Apprenticed in a Paris patisserie, young Pierre found the work hard and long, the food scanty. But he was a good worker, got ahead. Developing an...

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