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Kitchen Confidential Audiobook

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    David Valdez 03-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    I might not want to be a chef anymore, but hearing about the industry in this way definitely inspired me to cook more.

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    John H. 03-04-16
    John H. 03-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Crap edit"

    3 or 4 distinct sections just cut off abruptly. Felt like a part of the book was missing. Just terrible editing.

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    Todd Donohue 02-24-16
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    "dated and repetitive"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This guy wrote this book for self promotion. Don't read if you're interested in actually learning something. Just watch one of his TV shows.


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    PT PA 02-15-16
    PT PA 02-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fast & Fun"

    Fast-paced and very entertaining. In fact, the narrator read so quickly I had a little trouble keeping up. Not that that's a bad thing…

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    writerman 02-14-16
    writerman 02-14-16
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    "great book"

    great book, full of crazy stories and clearly written with a lot of passion. recommended

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    Hilary 02-10-16
    Hilary 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    Anthony Bourdain only gets better at his narration with time. A lovingly dirty bird's eye view into the culinary world.

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    Matthew 02-04-16
    Matthew 02-04-16
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    "I'm so glad I read this before considering culinary arts"

    If this is the life of a chef I don't want it. Great read one of the best books I've read in awhile.

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    Trent Blanchard 02-04-16
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    "Real unfiltered Bourdain"

    Great audio book that gives insight into Bourdain's life as well as the business as a whole, complete with honest unfiltered AB--something you don't get on his shows due to the FCC. Definitely recommend.

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    Rafael Castillo 01-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating and Hilarious."

    I listened to it twice, learned a lot and laughed my ass off. Highly recommended.

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    Ashley L. 01-12-16
    Ashley L. 01-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love love love!"

    Love everything about this man and his story! His voice brings life to the words on the page.

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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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  • C. 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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