• by Jeff Henderson
  • Narrated by Jeff Henderson
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This riveting memoir is the incredible story of Jeff Henderson's rollercoaster ride from high-stakes cocaine dealer, to prison inmate, to world-class chef. Barely old enough to drink legally, Henderson was clearing $35,000 per week as one of the most successful cocaine dealers in San Diego. But when he was 23, he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost 20 years. Hardheaded, Henderson held firmly to his gritty street morals, until the day he was assigned to wash dishes in the prison kitchen. He immediately took an interest in food preparation and eventually determined that when he was released, he would become a chef, no matter what.
An extraordinary tale of crime, punishment, and redemption, Cooked is a glorious testament to the power of the human spirit when faced with seemingly impossible odds.


What the Critics Say

"Cooked is alive with the visceral energy of street life, the sober reality of prison, and the drama and intensity of working in top restaurant kitchens. With extraordinary poise and clever insight, Jeff relates the astounding obstacles he overcame to be recognized as one of the best young chefs in America." (


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

from the soul

This book is raw, if you do not like curse words then this book is not for you. You feel that Jeff is speaking from the heart and nothing but the truth. This is a story that needs to be told.
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- R. Sippel

Too Thuggish Ruggish

I love cooking, and been to jail, so this book looked really cool to me. Unfortunately it's narrated by the author, who apparently feels he needs to speak gansta. 8 hours of a thug speak is just too much too handle. Props for getting out of jail and making it, but its a shame the his English didn't improve with his cooking.

This guy's book would maybe make a better read then listen. If your looking for something like Bourdain, this isn't it. Bourdain can talk shite, but still sound pleasing to the ear. This guy cant. I feel i wasted my money on this one.
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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books