Book was okay. sections were boring. A few too many F bombs.
He ran out of gas on the last few chapters.
Recording quality was poor. I found I needed to play the book quite loud to follow the dialog.
Telecommuter living outside of San Francisco, CA. I listen to books while walking my dog, quilting, and doing chores around the house.
The story itself was good. However the sound quality of the narration was poor. It sounded as it the author was talking from the next room. I kept trying to boost the volume to hear what he was saying.
Didn't read the print.
I'm an at-home gourmet cook and I especially enjoyed "reading" the book while I was preparing meals. This book was fascinating for its behind-the-scenes scenarios and the demanding lifestyle required to become a chef of renown.
This book can be re-listened to in parts to make you laugh, or to get a good recipe. The second listen is almost better!
Instead of being tedious, his play by play on a chosen day in the kitchen was like great improv jazz. Kitchen culture never sounded so interesting!
No, but I don't think it would have been as good of a listen if anyone but him had provided the audio.
I don't always agree with him, but I always know that what he says comes from a place of great consideration. I like that. Moved? Maybe not. Challenged, yes.
As an audio book KC just WORKS. Do yourself a big favour. Entertaining, thought provoking, informative ~ as read by the author, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Like a lot of restaurant meals, this one was a little too rich and about third too big. OK, so you lived a wild life with apparently not one non-wacky characters. We get it. But there's not much of a big story there, is there? It's a lot of coked-up sound, New Yorky self-aggrandizing. The descriptions are fun and funny at times, but I had enough before it was half done.
Avid reader... oops, LISTENER
I'm a good cook. that is when I'm not being lazy and (gasp) sticking a vacuume packed Hormel roast into the microwave for a fast dinner so I can fall exhausted into bed and be finished with feeding my hungry husband.
This book makes me feel guilty for doing that and believe me, that's not an easy thing to do. Chef''s story is intriguing and his reading/telling of it is equally delightful. It's good that I'm not a waitress or line chef in his restaurant because I'd probably be the silly girl that fell victim to his "in the moment" charms. This chef is also HOT.
I won't be ordering fish or Monday or eating brunch on Sunday in the future. Whether you are an eager young chef or someone that just likes to eat out a lot, this book is for you. If you like to mess around in the kitchen, this book is definitely for you.
If you are looking for a recipe/how-to book.... Keep looking, This isn't it.
Now that I've finished hawking the closest restaurant death notice so I can swoop in and buy their almost new restaurant gauge equipment, I have to run out now so I can pick up ONE good chef's knive.....
Eat on in peace......
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.