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For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef

August 21st, 2014 by Dan Charnas

It has been a six month journey with this story, but I am so grateful that it’s finally out. I wanted to answer this question: How is it that chefs and cooks all over the world are able to be so organized; and meanwhile many of us outside the kitchen can’t even keep our desks clean? Might great chefs and cooks have something to teach us aside from recipes and technique? And can we apply those lessons to our work and home lives? Listen here.

Come have a laugh at my expense tonight: I’ll be telling my personal stories from the “Baby Got Back” era tonight at The Soundtrack Series (alongside luminaries like Maura Johnston and Sasha Frere-Jones) at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge (The Red Fish, for you Freedom Fries folks), 158 Bleecker Street in money makin’ Manhattan.

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PICTURED: The “Butt Balloon” makes its street debut in San Francisco, February 1992; and it’s Hollywood debut in the movie “Falling Down” with Michael Douglas.

Meet Dan

Dan Charnas official author photo 2010Dan Charnas is a veteran of the hip-hop music business. He worked for the seminal rap label Profile Records and for Rick Rubin's Def American Recordings. Dan penned some of the first cover stories for The Source magazine and was part of a generation of young writers who created hip-hop journalism. Discover more about Dan here.

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