Hotbox Inside catering, the food world's riskiest business

Matt Lee

Book - 2019

"Hotbox exposes the real-life drama behind cavernous event spaces and soaring white tents, where cooking conditions have more in common with a mobile army hospital than a restaurant. Known for their modern take on Southern cooking, the Lee brothers steeped themselves in the catering business for four years, learning the culture from the inside-out. It's a realm where you find eccentric characters, working in extreme conditions, who must produce magical events and instantly adapt when, ...for instance, the host's toast runs a half-hour too long, a hail storm erupts, or a rolling rack of hundreds of ice cream desserts goes wheels-up. Whether they're dashing through black-tie fundraisers, celebrity-spotting at a Hamptons cookout, or following a silverware crew at 3:00 a.m. in a warehouse in New Jersey, the Lee brothers guide you on a romp from the inner circle--the elite team of chefs using little more than their wits and Sterno to turn out lamb shanks for eight hundred--to the outer reaches of the industries that facilitate the most dazzling galas. You'll never attend a party, or entertain on your own, in the same way after reading this book."--Book jacket.

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New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company 2019.
First edition
Physical Description
xii, 272 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Main Author
Matt Lee (author)
Other Authors
Ted Lee (author)
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  • Not the sharpest knife in the drawer
  • sidebar : prep facts
  • The client is (almost) always right
  • Fiesta in the palace
  • The telephone chef, the glorious guys, and G.I Joe veterans frankfurter service
  • Dinner in light and dark
  • sidebar : sheet pan magic
  • The big pink hippo
  • sidebar : glass facts
  • Sixteen hundred deviled eggs
  • sidebar : working the hotbox
  • Can I even eat this?
  • No milk! (butter and cream okay)
  • Great expectations
  • sidebar : bathtub pasta salad
  • The happy couple fancied themselves food curators
  • sidebar : nuptials by the numbers
  • Piercing the veil.