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
After reading Kitchen Confidential I was excited to download this book. The narrating is so good, the tell it like it is style of AB is perfect; however it was a lot of talk about different Chefs and their kitchen, not about AB.
I enjoyed the book, but if you're trying to decide between this and Kitchen Confidential, download the latter.
I am a fan of Mr. Bourdain, as maybe you are too. This book is, as it says in the title, written to and for people in the food industry or with close knowledge of it. I am not one of those people.
Filled with un-elaborated references to culinary personalities there are whole paragraphs or chapters you might not get. The progression of chapters is again difficult to follow for the outsider.
But for a view of this private world and a chance to listen in on a conversation between cooks and culinary personalities, this is a good book. As a lover of food and eager to learn more about those who prepare it, again this is a good read.
The performance is good, as you would expect from a TV personality with a love of off camera narration. I enjoyed this and found it thoroughly satisfying. If you know and like anything about the author, you'll probably like it too.