This book was incredible to me not only because I lived near the Cleveland Clinic and remember many of the events and people presented in these stories, but also because Michael Ruhlman has a wonderful way of approaching and describing the most delicate and the most disturbing scenes that can, and frequently do, occur in hospitals. Michael Ruhlman is fascinated by people at work-especially those in pursuit of perfection. The colorful focus of Ruhlman's narrative is the Cleveland Clinic's world-renowned, idiosyncratic Dr. It took me an effort to get past the first chapter, which was a graphic and truly emotional for me, anyway description of things going wrong during the surgery of a tiny baby. The author is interested in the question of how experts learn their crafts - his previous books were about a wooden boat builder and a master chef. The book also portrays what these children undergo.
He is the author of 11 books, and is best known for his work about and in collaboration with American chefs, as well as other works of non-fiction. I liked his voice within the book, like that of a friend, who got to tag along and was shown a great deal of what goes on behind the scenes. Of course you want your child to be operated on by the top surgeon, but if you don't even know they work in a nearby hospital, you don't get that choice. I had no idea most of the huge strides had occurred during my lifetime. It again reminded me why I love my job so very much.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. I see him at our community pool all summer and his kid is in my daughter's Montessori classroom. Many pediatric cardiologists deliberately do not inform the parents of their choices in treatments and doctors. All of our books are in clean, readable condition unless noted otherwise. Roger Mee-a virtuoso within a very select surgical specialty and a mine of information on statistics, ethics, and medical politics. If the edges are starting to get wore, but the book is otherwise in good condition, we may have clear tape reinforcing the edges.
The book includes essays about the importance of fundamentals in cooking such as heat, salt and stock, along with a reference guide to cooking terms. He has also collaborated with Thomas Keller on two cookbooks, The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon. The children chronicled in Walk on Water are young infants born with complex congenital heart defects, who are gravely ill and have been referred to Dr. About Michael by November 10, 2009 I write books , mostly about food and cooking, half with chefs, some non-food non-fiction books wooden boats, the fascinating world of pediatric heart surgery , and a lot of opinions here on the fundamental importance of food and cooking to our families, our communities, our world. A friend recommended this book to me when we were discussing our children's common pediatric cardiologist.
Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, a book devoted to understanding the relationships between our most basic ingredients and how those relationships form the backbone of the craft of cooking. The glimpse into the pain and worry of the families was at turns heartbreaking and joyous. Seriously, if you want to discuss the anatomy of the heart in detail and all the particular defects, a few drawings might have been really helpful. The most fascinating point of the book is how our genetic traits can often force us into the life we lead. Ruhlman's lack of medical training is most apparent when he attempts to describe the surgical procedures, which made these sections boring and overly lengthy.
Decisions must be made quickly as to course of treatment, hospitals and surgeons, and for transporting the patient to a hospital where they can have the best chance for survival. Michael Ruhlman is a local celebrity and a fairly nice guy. The focus is on high quality products that enhance the craft of cooking in the home. More terrifying are the young guns who are operating on children, and just learning how to operate on perhaps the most delicate of all neonate organs in the body. I co-wrote The French Laundry Cookbook 1999 with Thomas Keller at the same time, and he and I subsequently wrote a food column for the Los Angeles Times for two years.
He illustrates a world completely alien to most of us, and blessedly so. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. I went into a cooking school to write about what it means to be a chef, and instead I became a cook, got a job line cooking, lucked into one of the great restaurants of the world to work with the chef on his book, and I kept on writing about food. Mee in a last ditch effort to save their lives. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.
If you screw up the bernaise sauce nobody dies. May be very minimal identifying marks on the inside cover. A riveting glimpse into the heart and mind of a man in whose hands literally rests a young baby's life on a daily basis, Walk on Water explores controversial topics-from questionable referral patterns by cardiologists to physicians who are punished for doing what's best for their patients to physicians who don't do what's best for their patients-and breaks the taboo on subjects not often written about. It's when they literally cut the heart open in order to operate on valves, arteries, and veins. Drawing back the hospital curtain for a unique and captivating look at the extraordinary skill and dangerous politics of critical surgery in a pediatric heart center, Michael Ruhlman focuses on the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, where a team of medical specialists—led by idiosyncratic virtuoso Dr. The children have to be kept dehydrated in order to avoid buildup of fluid around the heart.
I wrote Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking and Curing—a thinly veiled love song to the pig, to animal fat and salt, sausages, confits, pates, terrines—with my friend, the Michigan chef Brian Polcyn. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. It is also angering how easily a child with a heart condition can be treated by inadequate surgeons, and the parents will never know. Ruhlman was allowed into the operating room to observe intricate procedures being performed on newborn infants undergoing open-heart surgery. The Soul of a Chef and Wooden Boats have established him as a deft chronicler of unique cultural microcosms. As an adult with congenital heart disease and two children with heart defects, I am pretty much an 'expert' at having heart problems. A terrific, terrifying and, at times, tragic read.
Parents in crisis, as these parents are, are not given adequate information to make truly informed decisions. I'm grateful for the medical people who dedicate themselves to excellence, and I'm grateful for Michael Ruhlman who gave us such a detailed glimpse into the world of pediatric heart care - both from the doctor's, medical staff, and the family's perspective. He does an excellent job of showing those members both as human, as the miracle-workers that they are seen to be by outsiders. My grandson was only 4 but he learned to read the clock in anticipation of the time for his next swallow of water. Being used books, some of them may have writing inside the cover. It is a matter of ego, or reimbursement, or insurance, or geography that influences their recommendations. It's not an easy or fun read, but it is fascinating.