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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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    DrDey 08-25-16
    DrDey 08-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun read if you love cooking"

    Sure it's a little rough around the edges but that's part of the appeal. A fun listen and entertaining peek into the world of commercial cooking.

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    Patrick 08-22-16
    Patrick 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great Listen and very funny, but......"
    What did you love best about Kitchen Confidential?

    Great audio book, super entertaining and funny. Anythony's reading is great, but I had to knock a star off for the audio quality. It varies from chapter to chapter, and being a sound designer and all around audiophile by trade I found this annoying. One chapter will sound great and clear, the next would sound muddy.I also think some of the chapters even pitched down his voice for some reason, so much so that I had to pitch it back up via the app. I know that the book was probably recorded in various locations with different audio engineers, but is it really that hard to keep a standard of audio quality?


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    Irina 08-22-16
    Irina 08-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of good humor and great narration!"

    My husband and I listened together during long drives. it is very intertaining book for one that does not really have a plot :) We love Anthony, and the fact that he is narrating makes it even more fun - he has many talents! I highly recommend!

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    Chauncey 08-22-16
    Chauncey 08-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen!"

    I've always loved Bourdain's humor and anecdotes, and "Kitchen Confidential" never falls short in delivery. It's been my go-to listen for plane rides as of late, and I'm pretty sure my neighbors all thought I was crazy becaus of my random outbursts of laughter.

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    Kirk 08-21-16
    Kirk 08-21-16

    Eat right and work out hard 3 times a week, can be load, strong opinions,caretaker for my wife....

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    "Most Excellent listen !"

    The detail is amazing as well as hilariously portrayed, and from experience I know much of it to be true even if I suspect literary license taken occasionally. The performance rolls beautifully with the narrative and you can actually smell and hear the kitchens and almost taste the food. Don't burn your hand on the deep fryer !

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    Mark NORTHAMPTON, MA, United States 08-20-16
    Mark NORTHAMPTON, MA, United States 08-20-16 Member Since 2015

    Navy Seal books.. Must read them all. Go Navy!

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    "excellent story telling"

    extraordinary book. somewhat Shady at times. But a very well connected and great book for anyone in The Culinary industry.

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    Alessandra Generoso 08-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Sound quality is strange in some part"

    sound quality is strange in some parts but it happens more or less at the beginning of some chapters so you get used to it, so it not to bad

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    Kar 08-18-16
    Kar 08-18-16
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    "great book, but audio setup is bad"

    I loved the memoir, the overall tone of the narration, and Anthony's dry and very New York delivery. However, Audible or whoever set up the chapter breaks and audio quality definitely dropped the ball. The chapter breaks in this audio book are NOT the actual chapter breaks from the book itself. Sometimes you luck out on them aligning, but other times it switches mid-chapter or even mid-sentence. The chapter starts stomp on the ends of prior chapters so I don't even know if I missed some words or parts of the book as a result. It felt like I did. The audio quality is that of someone trying to digitize a VHS copy of a tape recorded TV show. It's not uniform through the overall audiobook and sometimes results in garbled or grainy audio texture. Each chapter seemed to have had a different audio mixer.

    Definitely listen to the book but maybe from a different source file than this one. If it weren't for the fact that I used a credit to get this one, I'd have demanded a refund.

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    Derek 08-15-16
    Derek 08-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"
    What did you love best about Kitchen Confidential?

    This book is riveting from start to finish. I was entertained, horrified and educated throughout the telling and Bourdain's voice is the only way to enjoy this fully. If you've read the physical copy, you owe it to yourself to hear the man himself speak about his life. He's also the only one able to effortlessly blow through the many French cuisine names littered about the story. This is well worth a credit. Get it.


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    Clara R. Arechiga México D.F. 08-10-16
    Clara R. Arechiga México D.F. 08-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Bravado, testosterone and cleverness"

    He speaks too fast, but then, he is a fast thinker and an impatient soul. This, like Billl Buford's "Heat" is not only about food, but about enduring the incredible amount of labour, sweat, blood and grease in the kitchen of any restaurant. As a Mexican I LOVED the plea for respect to inmigrants. (I live in México, and Trump really scares us).

    He earned my loyalty.

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