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
Yes, I was expecting Tony's usual complaining and ranting about people he does not like, but this book seemed to be overflowing with rants about very food industry players. Entertaining because of his solid wit and self-deprecating comments, yet I was disappointed by the multiple chapters dedicated to rambling about a select few people whom he is infatuated with. Tough to compete with Kitchen Confidential, but I expected a better effort.
My first business was a restaurant. I find his insights and off the cuff comments to be hysterical. Definitely not for people who think that sending back food to the kitchen is a good idea.... LMAO
Anthony really does have a good sense of self. He is long winded concerning subjects that are not enjoyable for long dissertations. I loved his first book, this is book just seems to be a platform for him to get on his soap box.
If you're already a fan (TV shows or other books) you'll enjoy this one. Bourdain offers more personal opinions than travel log as he did in Kitchen Confidential.
LOVE Anthony Bourdain. LOVED Kitchen Confidential and Bourdain's read made it all the more raw and real for me. This one, the story and writing were still excellent but Bourdain's read sounded like someone so full of himself, it was incongruous with the self-effacing humor with which he'd peppered his story and which had made him so endearing in KC despite being a complete curmudgeon. I'm sure it worked on paper but listening to this audio book I felt I had to swallow to much atrociously-poor overacting to be able to appreciate what the author was trying to say. He was his own worst enemy on this one and mind, I love most things with him in them. I couldn't even finish it. Had to return it and it even turned me off getting the hard copy of the book. I'm sure the editor had access to professional actors and VO artists. Too much ego and not enough meat for this listener.