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Kitchen Confidential Audiobook

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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Why we think it's Essential: "My favorite books take me to a destination I couldn't visit on my own. In Kitchen Confidential, Tony Bourdain led me through his world of food, kitchens, and restaurants. Without Bourdain, I wouldn't have known about the grueling life at the stove, the colorful exploits in the kitchen, and the millions of details that go into making lovely meals. As you may know from Bourdain's TV career, there's no better, or funnier, guide to the world of food." (Beth Anderson)

Publisher's Summary

Recently, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Bourdain spared no one's appetite in this tell-all about what happens behind the kitchen door.

Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From his first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky-tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown, from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the East Village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain's tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable.

Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You'll beg the chef for more, please.

Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo. This is his first work of nonfiction. He is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City.

Hear an exclusive interview with Bourdain.

Executive Producer: Dan Zitt
Producer: John McElroy
Original Cover Photo: © Courtney Grant Winston for Food Arts
Original Cover Design: Notice 51
©2000 Anthony Bourdain
(P)2000 Random House, Inc.

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    Brendan Kharkiv 07-13-16
    Brendan Kharkiv 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "For the love of food"

    I don't trust anyone who says that they don't like food. Yes, I have indeed encountered people that have admitted as much to me, though they likely won't anymore. But really - of all of life's pleasures, surely a good meal ranks up there with them all? I believe so, and so does Anthony Bourdain as made clear in this funny, informative look at the restaurant industry.

    To top things off, Bourdain is a fantastic narrator! Perhaps it comes from watching his show, but hearing Bourdain's voice made this come off as perhaps a TV special.

    You don't have to have worked in the restaurant industry to enjoy "Kitchen Confidential", just be someone who enjoys a good meal.

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    David Sprinzen Nashville 07-11-16
    David Sprinzen Nashville 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, spotty audio"

    Great and interesting listen, especially with Tony himself at the helm. Only quip is the audio was a little messed up, with random jumps and jarring edits. Still definitely worth a listen!

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    Rachel Garcia 07-11-16
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    "Something was wrong"

    Not with the writing itself but with the audible book part. A couple of the chapters cut off the last of what he was saying to move to the next chapter. Not that big of a deal but annoying.

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    Carrie 07-11-16
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    "Entertaining!!"

    I am not in the food or restaurant business but enjoy eating & cooking for my friends & family. I love Anthony's honesty about what really happens in restaurant kitchens & life in general. Very good book for audible especially since it's narrated by him. FANTASTIC‼️

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    Fernando Villegas 07-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining"

    Other than knowing that Anthony Bourdain had a show on the travel channel I wasn't really familiar with any of his work. I am neither a cook or anything like that but I do cook my meals for work which is some pretty plain stuff. Anyways I thought this book was really entertaining, Anthony is a really good narrator and he had me cracking up out loud more than once.

    I recommend this book if you want to get entertained and want to learn some of the inside stuff about the restaurant business. Regardless if you're into food or not I picture anybody enjoying this book.

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    Marina Hasson 07-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Chef with a swag"

    I always lived Mr.Bourdain from Parts Unknown series but 'Kitchen Confidential' feels like he is sitting with you on a patio with a drink and recalling the best stories of his rise to extraordinary chef-hood. BRB, off to roast some bones...

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    Julie C. Verratti Washington, DC 06-30-16
    Julie C. Verratti Washington, DC 06-30-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Highly entertaining and informative"

    I recommend this book to anyone in and around the restaurant industry and perhaps to all the YELP ELITE writers out there. It will give everyone a good perspective.

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    ChunksRU 06-23-16
    ChunksRU 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Bourdain"

    It's older than I was prepared for. I loved hearing him tell his tale but it wasn't nearly as passionate as I was hoping it would be. I'll call it honest. One of the chapters is audibly different than the others like he was being forced to read the book with a hangover. Its a great book but just didn't have the zeal that his tv shows have.

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    Paul United States 06-23-16
    Paul United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Kitchen Confidential"

    As a Restaurant "Lifer" I enjoyed this offering and account if Anthony's journey! If you are looking for insight into a very REAL accounting of Life within Food Service I recommend this book for Fun, reflection and REALITY!

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    HungryFerret New York NY 06-22-16
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    "Very entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very entertaining, lot of funny stories and insight to a different hidden world.


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    "Read the paperback not the audio book, and..."

    found it truly engrossing. I loved it from start to finish and can only think that the audio book would be just as good.

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  • joan wright
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    "A hidden view of restaurants"

    This book is not for those who find strong language offensive though Bourdain makes no apologies for the life he lives and loves. I rarely prefer authors to narrate their own work as often trained actors do a better job but I can't imagine who else could improve on this. If you ever wanted to own a restaurant or become a chef listen to this book first, you need to know what you are getting yourself in to. Once you have heard it you will only eat in restaurants Tuesday to Thursday. This brutally honest biography is a far cry from the polished chefs we see on TV every day. Where the ability to cook isn't as important as being a manager. When Bourdain describes how the seedier corrupt side of humanity thrive in his kitchens you know he isn't going to spend time telling you how to make creme brullee. Well worth a listen

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