I am a big fan of No Reservations.Tony's narration is part of what makes that show so great. I got a copy of the book when I saw him live. I read it that week. It was a great read.
I bought the audiobook because I love Tony's narration on the show. It's an even better listen than a read. I might need to get the Kitchen Confidential audiobook now. It might end up being more disgusting...
This is a funny, touching look at the world of foodie insiders. By narrating his own book Bourdain really demonstrates his attitudes about a variety of food topics, chefs, chef sell outs, cooking shows, etc. Be warned the language gets a bit rough. If that doesn't offend you, this is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
I loved the descriptions of odd foods and the peeks at the personalities of cooking show chefs.
I just love Anthony Bourdain, so I suppose it comes as no surprise that I love a book written and read by him (and let's face it ... no one else could do the narration justice!)
Of particular delight was the rant about, "The Red Balloon" ... oh, Tony, this has been a rant of mine since my school days and it was just so amazingly awesome to listen to your "take" ... definitely worth a re-listen or three!
Bravo!!! I hope we don't have to wait so long for your next book!!!
I love Tony Bourdain; I want his job: travel, eat, drink, repeat.
I prefered this book over Kitchen Confidential as you really get more of Bourdain's personality and opinions than the autobiographical Confidential. The book has the feel of a bar conversation with Tony telling you stories and opinions about food, the food network, celebrity chefs, McDonalds, and other subjects.
Bourdain is an excellent narrator. Another great car listen that does not require your full undivided attention.
I loved this book. Anthony insights always great to hear. You will come away with insight about the restaurant and food industry that will change your view of the business and how you think about your next meal out!
I like his show and loved the first book. But I have only made it about a third of the way through this audiobook. So far it's all complaints. He needs to get to a subject or a real story.
I thought the ending, especially Chapter 18, was the best part of the book. The middle chapters dragged quite a lot, in my opinion, but the discussion of fish-cutting at Le Bernardin was beautifully detailed and mesmerizing. Totally worth the price of the book. I generally love Bourdain's opinionated approach to, well, everything, but some of the early chapters and much of the middle was just rehashing points he makes elsewhere. I almost gave up on this book about 2/3 of the way through. I'm so glad I didn't, because then I would have missed my beloved Chapter 18, but it was tough going for a while.
Probably not, but only because I rarely listen to/read the same books over again. This does not represent any slight of the author,
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He really brings the story to life by telling the story himself. It comes across as truthful when it comes directly from him.
I was most moved by the end of the book when Anthony recapped how all of the people he had mentioned in Kitchen Confidential were doing today, some doing well, some having disappeared or doing
Just a content and approach issue. Some sections were memorable, but some were more suited to fast forward. Kitchen Confidential was more enjoyable.
It is intersting to have the narrator the author.
A good chuckle here and there. Must reactions we Aha. that makes sense!
It did provided incite into the industry and removed any idea I might have had about going into the business. His Take on the food networks and celebrity chefs was eye opening.