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.
Well-written blend of stories, jokes, advice, memoirs, shop-talk and shit-talk.
Highly recommended. Anthony Bourdain is at once wise, crude, reflective, yet always profanely hilarious.
It's easy to see why Anthony bourdain has excelled as a travel guide to the most interesting cuisines in the world. The book itself is a must read for anyone interested in working in a kitchen.
If you like Anthony, or even if you don't, if you're the least bit interested in what it's like to be in the trenches of someone's chosen career. Especially one that is demanding in both skill & timing. Bourdain's makes it as clear as a bottle of white wine & as tasty as your favorite dish. Bon appetite
It becomes easy to pick out the civilians by the reviews stating, "does he have to swear so much?" Or, "he uses the f-word a lot..." Yeah, it's how kitchens talk. This book nails the life of a kitchen crew perfectly. If you're immediately upset by what you hear/ read, choose a different profession and never eat outside of your house again. These are the people who handle your food if you choose to go out to eat. On the other hand, if the life of a pirate excites you, this is right up your alley.
I had read this book when it first came out and enjoyed it. Years later I did a mid life career change, went back to school to be a cook. I listened to this book with a new perspective and understanding. I'm 57 and starting out in the basement with that pile of potatoes and love it.