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"CHEF TELL The Biography of America's Pioneer TV Showman Chef"


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“Chef Tell made cooking on TV the new frontier... ‘Let me show you how to cook this,’ he would say.  He showed, we learned, we laughed. I am honored to be a part of the book!”—Jan Yanehiro, First Co-Host, Evening Magazine, San Francisco.

       “Tell never forgot that he was the guest ... never took over his segments from the host, and that added to his genuineness. This book gives you so much: a taste of Tell, the person, and his taste for delicious food.”—Art Moore, Executive in Charge of Production for LIVE! with Kelly & Ryan.

     “Chef Tell was a man of great humor and incredible skills in the kitchen. The author, Ronald Joseph Kule, did an impeccable job bringing to life Chef’s humor and passion for food.”—Iron Chef Cat Cora

“It’s a well-written book. The author did such a job. It reads extremely well. You pick up the book and you don’t want to put it down.” ― Chef Walter Staib, multiple Emmy-winning TV show host of A Taste of History on PBS.

 “Author Ronald Joseph Kule's excellence can be felt in the pulse that beats from within the pages. I stood back in amazement as Ron took a complex, infuriating, yet ultimately appealing character, and produced one superbly crafted work of literature.” — J. David Miller, Award-winning Author/Sports Journalist/head coach of six-time champions The SoCal Coyotes

 "WOW is a great start! This is a wonderful account of one man's voyage and how in so many ways every reader will connect with something.  It is engaging, and takes you through all the emotions of life, leaving you to decide what is next for you, and how you will make the most of your today - it's a testament of the human spirit.”—Tracy Repchuk, Eight-time #1 International Amazon Best Selling Author & LinkedIn Influencer

“The story you have written is fantastic! I knew Chef Tell as a talented Master Chef and worked as his pastry chef for more than 10 years. This book puts his story together very well.” – Suladda May, Restaurateur, Thai Orchid, Grand Cayman Island

“Chef Tell lived an amazing life and truly paved the way for many chefs who followed on TV. From living through the bombings of Germany at birth, to bringing about a revival of Philly through five-star restaurants, this is a book every chef and foodie will want to read.” — Shelley Jaffe, Executive Chef and Roving Foodie 

"My dad, who is 99 and has the mind of a 25 year old, reads one to two books a week. I bought my dad, 99 and the mind of a 25-year-old, Chef Tell's biography by Ronald Joseph Kule, and he could not put it down. He said, 'It is outstanding... Kule is a very gifted writer.' -- Sharon Dacey.

“Hey, Ron... just finished Tell's book and I must say you really nailed his story. What a storied life he led... he really was a "giant" of a man in many ways. I must admit I had a tear in my eye at the end, and then a few chuckles reading the ‘Last Words.’ I loved the way you tied it all together for the few people left after the funeral party, who witnessed the huge bonfire and the sparks shooting up to the heavens... that was Tell's life and the bonfire was very symbolic... Anyway, thanks for keeping his memory alive and for capturing his ‘story’ so well. I think Tell would have loved your book and been proud to be its ‘star.’-- Tony Baarda, Producer.

“Hey, Ron... you owe me THREE NIGHTS! I couldn’t put your book down!” – John Fleming, opera singer.

“Halfway through the book now. You have really created something wonderful here, that is very hard to put down. I love the short-chapters format. It is great to pick up right where you left it, whenever you can actually tear yourself away, that is. You have successfully captured and portrayed the essence of how famous this guy was – what a rags-to-riches story.” – J.H., N.Y.P.D. officer.

“Fans of the Cooking Channel, as well as those who are making cooking their profession, may find this book the perfect companion to their morning coffee. It opens the door to a rarefied world----the high end of cooking: the rites of passage that make a world-class chef and restaurateur. The narrative is rich in detail without bogging down into a dry recitation of facts... For those who want to advance in the culinary world, and for those of us who want to appreciate better the labor of love our favorite chefs go through to delight our taste buds and nourish our bodies, this is a good read. FIVE STARS.” -- Maggy Graham, Web Designer, Largo, FL

“‘CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef’ reads like a real life novel. Not only is it a chronological account of the life of one of the world's greatest chefs and the pioneer TV showman chef, whom I knew, it’s a series of word pictures that ties together the complexities of each aspect of Chef Tell's life and career. Kule’s work is a ‘Must Read’ for all Foodies, especially those aspiring TV cooks or chefs. FIVE STARS. FASCINATING, HARD TO PUT DOWN.”  -- Chef Charles Knight, Tampa, FL

Although I met Chef Tell in the mid-eighties, when he owned the Wayne restaurant, I did not know him well. His biography by Ronald Joseph Kule depicts the full and jubilant life he lived. This book should be required reading for anyone associated with the food and beverage industry.” ― F. Harry Spiess, Jr., Esq., Pennsylvania

“A fascinating bio of a complex chef who was instrumental in making TV cooking shows an American classic. Well written and compelling. Chef Tell left us much too early. An enjoyable read for all foodies." by M. Lovejoy, Amazon reader

“I had never heard of Chef Tell before I read Ron Kule's book, but came away with high admiration for this flawed but abundantly talented, big-hearted and productive man. This could have easily been a tattletale ‘tell-all’ book (no pun intended), but under Kule's empathetic, professional, and entertaining hand it becomes much, much more than that. If every biographer was instilled with Kule's gift of understanding and compassion for his subject, we would have more heroes to which we could tip our caps.”  -- E. E. Justice, Screenwriter

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