Mostly non-fiction: biographies, history, science, etc.
I think Julia Childs and Henry Miller have a secret lovechild and his name is Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain's delight in exposing the gutter in tha galleyand pirate crews in the kitchen is effusive and vivid in this tell-all of life from dishwasher to chef in New York kitchens. Sometimes it is a bit too Manhattan-centric, but Bourdain makes no apologies for that or any of his ribald ways, drug-taking or the sending back out of reclaimed bread. Yes, you may never look at the bread basket, buffets, or fish special again after this revelatory book.
Hearing it read by the author is a real treat. His use of New York and culinary slang in long, multi-adjective rants sounds like a hip Beat's rhythmic patter.
I liked way Bourdaine put this together. Not as professionally done as it could have been.
I'm glad he narrated it, but at times it was too rehearsed and sounded forced. If it's your story and you lived it. You ought to be able to tell it and make it flow. I know he's reading the book unabridged but it could have been done better at points. But very funny and provides a bit of insight into that glorious restaurant business.
The insults that seemed to be hurled at colleagues with reckless abandon. All in good fun of course. I like the notion that cooks and chefs are tough-as-nails SOB's, but I don't think
that's true. Well ... mostly not true.
How he really felt about the experiences and how low he sank until he climbed out, sort of.
Laugh, most definitely.
I used to be a waiter and this book brought me back to the fun and bizarre world of dinning out. Its a great, fast passed book that shares lots of insight and stories.
Having worked in the food service industry since I was 15 this book rings so extremely true. I read the hardcover edition when it was first published and have read it again several times since. I bought the audio book because I wanted to hear Tony's voice read what he had written and this edition of the book did not disappoint.
Everything about this book is perfect for what it is. He makes no bones about for whom the book is written and his performance of the characters and his straight forward, deadpan delivery of many parts is just right for the points he is trying to convey.
Tony's own character is his best.
He uses his own experiences to convey life lessons, however backhanded they might be, which caused simultaneous bouts of happiness and depression, often from one sentence to the next. Having been through much of what Tony talks about (drug addiction, alcoholism, general malaise, and all while working in the restaurant business) I related very closely to this narratives presented. I also relate closely to much of the anecdotes about cooking and his criticisms of people who take no pride in their food or see no need to know how to cook.
Well worth the purchase.
Nothing thus far.
Very much so!
My path in the food industry is very similar to the Author's....except for the fame and drugs!
Classic Caustic Bourdain
The description of his summer in the north east and introduction to the culinary world.
He stayed true to what you expect if you are a fan of his TV shows.
I would not
If you are a fan of
If you have ever worked in a restaurant or have been to one you will love this book! If you enjoy humor you will love this book! If you like the tv cooking shows you will love this book! Anthony Bourdain should be an Audible narrator because this guy can tell a story. Once you start listening to this you wont be able to stop. I just wish there were more of his books to listen to.
Bourdain is at his best when he shoots from the proverbial hip. Is he a hypocrite? Yes. But he tells it like it is and he makes me laugh while he's doing it. A must read for anybody who has ever slaved in the service industry.
I'm a foodie, I love to cook, watch the Food Network and I've even entertained the idea of becoming a chef someday if I got bored of developing software. I also love Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show on Travel Channel, so a when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.
Bourdain's writing and narration is fantastic. If you love his show, this book will not disappoint. He takes you through his life from childhood to rock bottom, and then back to great success. He's a lot of fun to listen to and gives the most in-depth, dirty, honest look into the restaurant industry you could imagine. I've since changed my mind about wanting to be a chef. :)
Get this book!