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My patience for Anthony Bourdain and his nose-in-the-air attitude about all things food has limits...and this book ended EXACTLY when they were reached. I don't think openly admitting you're a jerk and then acting like a jerk exempts you, but it does make listening to the wonderful writing much easier for people like me who like the behind the scenes stories of restaurants that I'll never eat in.
The man is funny, erudite, and so ridiculously opinionated you can almost forgive him anything. Almost. But this book is really for people with a high tolerance for all things food who aren't afraid of a lot of bad language and brutal attacks on perfectly fine people that Tony has decided are beneath him. This book goes well with a spoonful of sugar.
Bourdain's reading of his book was outstanding. The information was a tad disjointed. I felt as if I had just gotten up from a long conversation at the table with the author, rather than read his book. This isn't necessarily a bad thing.
One of the most well traveled and interesting men on the planet writes a book about what he thinks is interesting, who is good at cooking (and why) as well as seeking a modicum of respect for the service/cooking staff that work to create our dining experiences. He also has some cogent and pithy information about food itself.
Anthony Bourdain for President.This man knows how to tell the truth and boy does it hurt.I do not often listen to authors who read their own books,(usually psychologists),but Mr. Bourdain is the only one who could tell his own tale so gloriously.
To stay within the realm of kitchen metaphors: this is like a 21 meal course on various topics that Bourdain typically covers (mostly great food porn, good and bad people in the industry and his life and experiences in general).
I Read kitchen confidential and watch Anthonys shows. I enjoy his wise ass style. this is an older Bourdain who is explaining his earlier actions. I can also identify having been part of the NYC food world
I enjoy having him read his work . Worth the time while walking the dog
Yes. The book is about how the years have changed him as a man, as a cook, and as an entertainer. The chapter about food is worth listening to over and over again, though one must plan in advance to be going to a restaurant to satisfy the absolute need of good and (for some) exotic food that the chapter creates immediately after listening.
Mr. Bourdain himself.
I am familiar with his television work. He reads his book with the same candor and humor you see on his travel show.
Moved me to eat or moved me to laugh, certainly. One refreshing thing about Mr. Bourdain is that he does not shy away from talking about questionable decisions in his past. He knows now that they were bad decisions and says so. The book is a place for him to say, "This was and is my world. Welcome." and leaves you take what you take from it.
I love watching Anthony Bourdain on TV and Kitchen Confidential was great, but this book gets somewhat relentless and repetitive. You kinda just want to tell him to shut up and stop complaining about everyone and everything. Just gets boring after a while and you simply keep hoping that it will end soon. Almost didn't finish it. A word to his fans: don't bother with this one.
Growing up seeing this man, a person who was a drug addict and a alcoholic at times Is what gave me the push to be in the food business I was in. His sarcastic views spoke volumes to my adolescent mind.
Was like a Mr. Rogers I was proud to watch