It's usually better to listen to the author's reading, assuming they can read decently, and this one is no exception. Bourdain gives us the sense that we are actually listening to someone talk about himself, not just reading a book. He is so honest about what an unwholesome character he was that knowing it's him reading it really adds to the experience.
Humorous, tell it like it is account of the cooking/chef trade. Bourdain is an astute judge of character, who helps the listener really get inside the people who work in this field. Full of salty language, and profound respect for talented people who work hard. Loved every minute of it.
The author is great at reading the book. He presents his autobiography in a very cynical manner, as per his real-life demeanor. At times it may seem juvenile, but nonetheless I found it entertaining. There are several great tips regarding cooking and eating out.
Kitchen Confidential receives my highest rating for being entertaining as well as a delicious read, even if I am not a food or restaurant connoisseur.
Bourdain is fun to listen to and read. He has a gift for prose, and is just fun to listen to. This is a great read/listen, especially if a fan of his current TV show. It is the R rated version, and a lot of fun. His stories are like war stories, and though I know it is silly to compare the preparation of expensive gourmet meals to jungle combat, it reads the same. He is brutally honest, offers insights into the restaurant business and the life of its army of workers.
I've seen him on TV and I liked him but now, I know we like the same music, same people the low end of people the real life of who we are. This is someone I would drink with and that is up to the highest honor.
Anthony, you ROCK.
From one cook to another.
I got to know Bordain via his television series, A Cook's Tour and No Reservations. If you enjoy his dry wit and sarcastic viewpoint in those, you will enjoy this book. It is a great story of a life in the rough and tumble restaurant business. A business that most of us have worked in at one time or another and can at some level relate to. Language warning - there is a lot of profanity in this book.
The book was a very revealing behind the scenes look at being a professional chef. However, the only thing that bothered me was the excessive use of profanity. I enjoyed the fact Bourdain narrated the book himself. Good book, very entertaining, but would have been better with less profanity.
I love the narritive format of Tony's life, the wit and the cursing.. Almost makes me want to be a chef...... More Bourdain please.