It's nice to hear Bourdain read his own words, but sadly, his reading is flat and uninspired. He sounds like a kid forced to read his essay in front of the class. His later reading of "Medium Raw" is much, much better.
Bourdain's follow-up book, "Medium Raw" is the obvious choice. Anything by Hunter S. Thompson. Bourdain is the Thompson of the food world.
Flat, restrained, mostly uninspired.
Everything you should know about the restaurant world but were afraid to ask.
This is a great book but a mediocre read. Bourdain gets much better with his TV show experience, and this shows in his lively reading of "Medium Raw." Still, it is nice to hear Bourdain's profanity-laced prose read by the man himself, even if it seems his heart is not in it.
The book was interesting to get a personal take on the restaraunt business, however, as someone who has never worked as a cook and doesn't frequent french restraunts, there were significant portions where a little description of what he is talking about would have been welcome and I think, would have helped me get more out of it. Many times during an anecdote he will rattle off a number of names of dishes that he's either cooking, really enjoys, or is finding to be a real pain, but given only the french names of these, I couldn't help feeling that I was missing out on some of the intended passion. There are some descriptions of some of the cook lingo he uses regularly, but these are not given until 2/3 or 3/4 through the book, by which point you have either already deduced, or just stopped reading or listening.
I also feel it is very important to mention that there is considerable amount of foul language used. Do not expect him to just gloss over a few obscenities. There are seemingly full paragraphs that do not contain a single word that wouldn't be considered offensive.
Overall, I would say that this book reminds me of the movie Waiting. If you enjoyed that, but are interested in the story of a guy that's really been there, then you'll probably enjoy this. If you hated that movie or were horrifically offended by it, then you should probably skip Kitchen Confidential.
Bourdain is bourdain. He is a top notch entertainer. It's a very enjoyable listen. Well done
I thought parts of this were very interesting, but at times it seemed like he was going for shock value. I don't think I am impressed with him as he is.
I've working in kitchens so this stuff really hits home. Though some of the stories are a little crass...so is the life in the restaurant business. Additionally, Anthony Bourdain reading his own book feels like he is telling me these stories personally. He is animated telling his stories, and I can feel his passion. This is a book I would love to read over and over!
Yes because Bourdain reads the book himself so the intonations and pace are exactly as intended.
Bourdain - it's his book about his experiences.
This book is more like a series of essays instead of a story from beginning to end so the words gain a certain amount of animation that they wouldn't have otherwise.
I picked this up when I was feeling a little down and his raw humor and great stories totally cheered me up. I went on to read the follow-up Medium Raw which is just as good. Like all books read by the author it is very well read.
The man himself
I have also read Medium Raw - they are both excellent
I loved that Anthony Bourdain narrated it himself - it wouldn't have been enjoyable otherwise. His performance was excellent.
His tone, his sarcasm, his non-regional specific diction.
Privilege, Rebellion, Redemption, Mastery, Reflection.
Anthony Bourdain's narration. He never takes himself too seriously and always made me feel what he was feeling. He also made me laugh out loud, a lot.
His energy, his wit, his New York swagger.
Straight, no chaser.
Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
I really enjoyed this no holds bar account of his culinary career.
I think it stacks up nicely to any rock and roll autobiography out there, the life style of the chef in this book is pretty extreme.
He brings the street-wise honesty and New York attitude.
"This business grows a-holes: it's our principal export. I'm an a-hole. You should probably be an a-hole too." I am quoting him.
I am big fan of No Reservations, and was interested to know a little more about the man.Was not disappointed, he has seen and done it all. Certainly a must read for anyone who dines out on a regular basis.