Thanksgiving Read For A Cause: Celebrity Chef Eric Ripert

“The importance of reading, for me, is that it allows you to dream. Reading not only educates, but is relaxing and allows you to feed your imagination – creating beautiful pictures from carefully chosen words.” -- Eric Ripert, featured reader Last week we announced our new Read For A Cause program, which aims to leverage the popularity of social networking and influential individuals to combat illiteracy. Our featured reader at launch was author and philanthropist Deepak Chopra, and this Thanksgiving week we are highlighting Michelin Star-rated celebrity chef and TV host, Eric Ripert.

As a citizen of the world, Eric understands the value of caring for one another -- whether it’s cooking a meal or helping a child learn to read. Born in Antibes, France, Eric soon moved with his family to Andorra, a small country over the Spanish border, where he was exposed to a variety of cuisines and endowed with an understanding of our interconnectedness. By age 17, Eric’s cooking took him to Paris where he studied under the legendary La Tour D’Argent, followed by the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., and then back to New York where he assumed his current position as the chef for Le Bernardin.

When explaining why he chose to participate in Scribd Read For A Cause, Eric cites the following quote from the Dalai Lama:

I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.

Through hard work and painstaking care, Ripert has firmly established himself as one of New York’s—and the world’s—great chefs, winning Michelin stars, Bon Appétit awards and countless appearances on television shows including Bravo’s Top Chef, the Late Show with David Letterman, and his new PBS series, AVEC ERIC. It’s Eric’s work as the chair of City Harvest’s Food council and charity work, however, that most beautifully translates his passion for cooking into something meaningful for those less fortunate. It is this same belief in the power of art to enact change with which Eric joins Scribd Read For A Cause.

Happy Thanksgiving! Kathleen Fitzgerald, Senior Content and Marketing Manager (currently reading "Flavorful Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes")