Small business owner, avid reader and listener, occasional writer.
Top five in my collection of audiobooks.
The best part of this book is the in your face honesty and irreverence.
The book opens with an amazing black market meal. You are thrust into a world that has been hinted at, but not experienced. Vicariously, as well as safely, you experience a delicacy that is intriguing, scary and presented as gastronomic forbidden fruit of the food elite. The book met this early standard through out.
Several times I laughed and cursed out loud.
Loved his gritty, tell it like it is revelations all in a gritty New York in your face narrative.
I am a big fan of No Reservations.Tony's narration is part of what makes that show so great. I got a copy of the book when I saw him live. I read it that week. It was a great read.
I bought the audiobook because I love Tony's narration on the show. It's an even better listen than a read. I might need to get the Kitchen Confidential audiobook now. It might end up being more disgusting...
This is a funny, touching look at the world of foodie insiders. By narrating his own book Bourdain really demonstrates his attitudes about a variety of food topics, chefs, chef sell outs, cooking shows, etc. Be warned the language gets a bit rough. If that doesn't offend you, this is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
I loved the descriptions of odd foods and the peeks at the personalities of cooking show chefs.
I just love Anthony Bourdain, so I suppose it comes as no surprise that I love a book written and read by him (and let's face it ... no one else could do the narration justice!)
Of particular delight was the rant about, "The Red Balloon" ... oh, Tony, this has been a rant of mine since my school days and it was just so amazingly awesome to listen to your "take" ... definitely worth a re-listen or three!
Bravo!!! I hope we don't have to wait so long for your next book!!!
I love Tony Bourdain; I want his job: travel, eat, drink, repeat.
I prefered this book over Kitchen Confidential as you really get more of Bourdain's personality and opinions than the autobiographical Confidential. The book has the feel of a bar conversation with Tony telling you stories and opinions about food, the food network, celebrity chefs, McDonalds, and other subjects.
Bourdain is an excellent narrator. Another great car listen that does not require your full undivided attention.
I loved this book. Anthony insights always great to hear. You will come away with insight about the restaurant and food industry that will change your view of the business and how you think about your next meal out!
I like his show and loved the first book. But I have only made it about a third of the way through this audiobook. So far it's all complaints. He needs to get to a subject or a real story.
I thought the ending, especially Chapter 18, was the best part of the book. The middle chapters dragged quite a lot, in my opinion, but the discussion of fish-cutting at Le Bernardin was beautifully detailed and mesmerizing. Totally worth the price of the book. I generally love Bourdain's opinionated approach to, well, everything, but some of the early chapters and much of the middle was just rehashing points he makes elsewhere. I almost gave up on this book about 2/3 of the way through. I'm so glad I didn't, because then I would have missed my beloved Chapter 18, but it was tough going for a while.