Nicole Van Ness
For anyone who's worked in restaurants, this book will resonate. I spent 13 years in the industry (as a "waitron" and bartender) before a career change (I'm a therapist now) and I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. Some of the stories in this book took me right back there as I remembered almost forgotten characters in the friends and Co workers he described, while other stories were radically and uniquely only the author's. I love Anthony Bourdain, even more so after reading this book. He speaks some deep truths and I appreciate his almost-jaded raw honesty, wit, spirit, and the rules/tips at the end.
As a chef this book pops up as a must read in just about every kitchen I've worked. Getting to hear it read by Bourdain was akin to having a beer with an old friend reminiscing of the "good old days".
A LITTLE LESS PREACHING
NO, JUST FROM HIM.
JUST TOO PREACHY
TONY THE JUNKIE
YES, TONY. YOU HAVE A VERY DISTORTED VIEW OF SO MANY THINGS.....THE USA FOR ONE.
Beginning was boring got exciting towarda 3/4 of book, but I'm still a fan of him.
Say something about yourself!
I love this book. It takes me back to my days as a waitress and makes me want to dive back in, this time in the kitchen, legal career be damned.
I've worked in the restaurant business for the majority of my life, rarely someplace upscale. But like Anthony there was a person early on in my career that made me a great server, and to this day I judge all servers by those standards, and still serve by them.
His descriptions of the kitchens and the people in them made me feel like I was there and when he describes them, they are spot on.
I enjoy his voice and hearing him read his own book. Great listen.
Having spent a few years in the food & beverage world I could certainly identify with a lot of the adventures and personalities described in this book. But, the descriptions and "flavors" that the author delivers are apt for any "civilian" to grasp and gorge on. A fun read, deep and delicious.
I don't trust anyone who says that they don't like food. Yes, I have indeed encountered people that have admitted as much to me, though they likely won't anymore. But really - of all of life's pleasures, surely a good meal ranks up there with them all? I believe so, and so does Anthony Bourdain as made clear in this funny, informative look at the restaurant industry.
To top things off, Bourdain is a fantastic narrator! Perhaps it comes from watching his show, but hearing Bourdain's voice made this come off as perhaps a TV special.
You don't have to have worked in the restaurant industry to enjoy "Kitchen Confidential", just be someone who enjoys a good meal.
Great and interesting listen, especially with Tony himself at the helm. Only quip is the audio was a little messed up, with random jumps and jarring edits. Still definitely worth a listen!