The world's best chefs are known not just for skill and artistry, but for efficiency. High-end kitchens run like clockwork, and in his new book, Work Clean: The Life-Changing Power of Mise-En-Place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind, author Dan Charnas argues that the secrets to a well-organized life can be found in the work habits of luminaries like Thomas Keller, Wylie Dufresne and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Charnas is a full-time professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU and the author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (a nonfiction book that has served as the basis to VH1's fictional movie and forthcoming series The Breaks). How did he become so fascinated with chefs and their work? We caught up with him to ask.
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You're known as a music and culture writer, so how did you come to write a book about mise en place?