Professor Desan's enthusiasm really brought this topic to life. She did an excellent job explaining what was going on in ancien regime France that brought about such a profound event and the revolution's impact on France and Europe. In fact, I have a much better understanding of why the French Revolution is still so important to the French, perhaps even more so than our own. Finally, her lectures on Napoleon were balanced and nuanced. Napoleon is treacherous territory for any historian, but she traversed it with skill and aplomb.
The best thing about Kitchen Confidential was having Bourdain do the narration. Now, I'm biased because I love Bourdain, but the book would not have been the same without his delivery. He's also a great writer too. You will also walk away with a better understanding of the drive and passion one must have to succeed in the restaurant business, which makes a lot of other professions look pretty dull by comparison.
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