If you like Anthony Bourdain's TV shows, then you'll enjoy this book. Some of the descriptions can get a little bit tedious, but there is a hefty load of snarky wit throughout.
The production, however, is surprisingly poor. The volume levels vary midsentence and words are cut off between chapters.
Overall, a fun read.
Far exceeds my expectations....honest rawness. Always enjoy Mr. Bourdain. Looking forward to your next book. And since Mr. Bourdain's writing this book, he's accomplished more than he thought he would😘
First, let me start off my saying that this is one of my favorite books, that I adore Bourdain and his level or irreverence and I have been classically trained as a chef. I own this book in its original book format and as an ebook and audio (yeah, I liked it).I ordered the audiobook because frankly, I enjoy Bordain's narratives on his various television shows, have sat through a live lecture with great enthusiasm and basically, he can get me to laugh at the most absurd things!Tony, Tony, Tony... WTF!?!?! The narration was done in a rapid fire, i've snorted too much coke with an espresso chaser and my tongue has a life of its own type deluge of words that all ran together - and then off the page. One expects better from the narrator of his own material and I found myself getting jittery and nervous and he opened each new chapter.Halfway through the book the fatal flaw happened. This would not register to the average reader but to me, and i'm sure other people who cook, felt a little betrayed when he's telling the home cook what they need and don't need in their kitchen. They don't need a robot coupe.. Tony, we all know that you don't cook anymore. We all know that you travel the world seeking out new experiences and enjoying new fame - but to forget one of the most basic kitchen pieces available to a chef, the robot coupe is unthinkable. Properly pronounced "robo coo", Bourdain refers to it as the "robot coop". Shudder.So again, I love this book and I love Bourdain. But the complacency shows in the narrative - making this book somewhat tedious.
Fascinating inside information about restaurant food and chefs. Unfortunately, I found the excessive use of obscenities detracting.
Not because we share the same craft but because he tells it with the accuracy that I have never heard before. It's almost like every Honest cook has had the same story or walk through life no matter the roots always starting cocky, ended humbled. listening to him trumps the reading of the book, very happy with my purchase.
I enjoyed this. Anthony Bourdain is an interesting guy, with an amusing past. There are a few parts of the book where the narration gets cut off and the next chapter starts immediately. It's a bit annoying. Other than that, a good book.
The audio and story is by far one of the best out there. Read by Anthony himself on the audio book version which is never a disappointment. I was enticed to learn about the pirate esq. business that is the restaurant industry and was able to take away great management and business owner tips and advice while laughing through some of the dialogue and one liners the cooks and staff frequently used. Overall a steady read.
I loved this!! An unappologetic examination of both himself and the industry. It's colorful and the language is as real as it gets, but you will learn to cuss in several different languages! This is not the book for those of delicate sensibilities. If you are passionate about food, dive in, you won't regret it!
Anthony Bordain provides an honest insider's account of the upscale restaurant world. It's highly entertaining.