Raw it is. Funny as hell, you don't have to be into food to enjoy this. Bourdain is an outstanding writer and speaker. His books pull me right out of a depression every time. Reading them is therapy, listening to them--priceless.
Educated in New York, living in Cyprus, father of one...
Honest, raw (as the title suggests), and candid... He talks about certain issues which annoy him which one could agree or disagree but he presents them in a way that makes you respect his opinion.
He wrote the book and he was narrating it the way it was meant to be narrated. He spoke his words the way he meant them to be spoken.
The best part of the book for me was when he was talking about his daughter. I have a baby son myself and I could not agree more with what he was saying. It was the most memorable chapter of a very enjoyable book for me because he was talking about something very personal and he was mirroring exactly my own emotions about the subject.
if you have ever spent any time in the restaurant industry this book will bring back long forgotten memories. But for anyone looking for a more substantial life from the industry, this book reads like a self help manual to achieve your goals. I'm sure that's NOT what Mr. Boudain intended but that's what I got out of it.
I definitely would and have recommended this audiobook to many of my friends. Hearing Anthony Bourdain feels like sitting around getting slowly drunk with your wacky boss, who happens to be filled with incredible stories about people you've always looked up to. You're sort of sure you're not supposed to be hearing this somehow, but you're fascinated, and egging him on to tell you more, and he just does and does.
Definitely the narrator and subject, Mr Bourdain, for his self-effacing humour and unrelenting willingness to poke fun at himself and critique himself harshly. NO, I take it back, definitely his partner who frequently uses martial arts, apparently.
The warmth in his voice.
Not really, it was more of a 'nice way to pass the time' read than anything groundbreaking.
Read Kitchen Confidential before you read this. It's great as well, and provides a lot of the context.
Business Analyst (details on Linkedin) Love reading, and growing to love listening to books, especially while travelling.
This is the second book of his I've listened to. Worth the time and price.
While not as fun as Kitchen Confidential it is still a nice companion piece. The thing that stands out as clearly better is the audio quality. Tony also is a more emotive and smooth narrator than the first go round. Looking forward to someday getting a third glance inside the world of food.
"I longed to read everything I possibly could, and the things I read in turn produced new yearnings." Patti Smith
If you are a fan of Bourdain's shows, or other books this will be an enjoyably irreverent, mildly offensive, emotionally authentic and entertaining experience. If you are not a fan of his style, humor and foul mouth you should know that by now. What I loved about the book is that it conveys his passion for food and cooking to someone who is only peripherally interested in food an cooking. Even though I will likely never eat at the French Laundry I was not left out of the conversation and there are only a few moments where having read his previous books or watching the full body of his television storytelling would have enhanced this book. His delivery is spot on, which is to be expected as they are his words and he has many years of storytelling experience with his television career. He leaves the listener with the impression of a conversation rather than consumption. Well worth the time.
I would with reservation because of the language. I'm not offended and find it add to the flavor of the book, but not everyone would agree.
It is fun to hear Anthony's own voice about his own experiences and opinions.
Yes, already have
Did not enjoy this one as much as Kitchen confidential. Very focused on the different players of the food industry, sometimes tough because I don't know them all.
His familiar, distinct voice