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Don't get me wrong, Anthony Bourdain is an excellent writer. This isn't a bad book. Many of the topics are interesting, and -- as a fellow parent of a daughter and advocate of 'slow food' over fast food -- the topics are relevant to me.
However, each chapter has too much of a strident tone in its writing and narration. I found I could take it in only short doses.
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.
Anthony Bourdain is always entertaining and has great personality. I have read ever of his books, but this is the first that I didn't have to imagine his voice telling the story because, through he miracle of science, he was actually telling me the story.
I enjoyed hearing new tales from his past and getting some meaningful background, but it was also fun to hear what happened as a result of writing 'Kitchen Confidential'. Tony has a terrific speaking ability and attitude which makes it easy to sit down with this audiobook and lose track of the afternoon.
If you are a fan of Tony, food, or interesting and entertaining anecdotes, this will be a very enjoyable audiobook for you to download.
I am (was?) a big fan of Anthony' TV shows. But this book really turned me upside-down cursing all the time and couldn't even finish it...
Bourdain reads flawlessly. Provides great descriptions of food and people. I enjoyed his humor. He's a very observant and self deprecating guy. A fun read.
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.
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.