A Good Book Rising
CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef
Lately, the book has been rising on the Amazon.com charts in ranking. All on its own. I do not know why. Maybe people are reading it, trying out the recipes inside, and telling others about the incredible life of a German child who wanted to cook for the world… and did.
As the author of the book, I’m grateful for the following. The all-five-stars comments and reviews posted to date are also appreciated.
This biography took two and a half years of my life to research and write, but the close relationship with the (late) chef — some kind of spiritual connection — made the hard hours and the multiple highs and lows worth the effort.
Like others who knew him better than I, I miss Chef Tell. But his public misses the jocular TV personality; what I miss is the man, Friedemann Paul Erhardt, who cooked breakfast for me one time only… and made me feel special, so special that I had to write his life story when no one else stepped up to give the man his due as one of America’s true culinary and television icons.
Chef Tell’s name and star should have been the first on Hollywood Boulevard (No disrespect to Bobby Flay’s recent accomplishment). But for the high cost of the donation associated with getting a star — tens of thousands of dollars, he would have been the first and best choice. After all, every TV chef currently in vogue owes their biggest tips of their toques to Chef Tell, because Tell blazed a trail no one ever had walked from the kitchen before : syndicated television appearances, Womens’ Shows cooking demonstrations, and scores of guest appearances on major TV shows of his era, including LIVE! with Regis & Kathy Lee.
Books Make Booms
Most don’t know that Chef Tell was also a best-selling author. That’s because his cookbooks sold more than 200,000 copies. If you used fresh ingredients and followed the Master Chef’s instruction, you could taste at home what over 40,000,000 Baby Boomers adored: Chef Tell’s cooking.
Julia Child was his contemporary, and her fame rose because of a book and her personality. Chef Tell’s fan base was reportedly EIGHT TIMES LARGER than Child’s, but today younger generations know Child because of the recent movie performed by Meryl Streep. But the biography of Chef Tell reads like an emotional roller-coaster ride, making it a candidate for a very interesting movie!
Anyone out there in Hollywood want to take out an option to produce the film? Baby Boomers would love to see it!
Since then the Chef Tell biography has been published to rave, five-star reviews. As mentioned above, this “evergreen” (endless) story has taken on a life of its own.
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