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.
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It's easy to see why Anthony bourdain has excelled as a travel guide to the most interesting cuisines in the world. The book itself is a must read for anyone interested in working in a kitchen.
If you like Anthony, or even if you don't, if you're the least bit interested in what it's like to be in the trenches of someone's chosen career. Especially one that is demanding in both skill & timing. Bourdain's makes it as clear as a bottle of white wine & as tasty as your favorite dish. Bon appetite
It becomes easy to pick out the civilians by the reviews stating, "does he have to swear so much?" Or, "he uses the f-word a lot..." Yeah, it's how kitchens talk. This book nails the life of a kitchen crew perfectly. If you're immediately upset by what you hear/ read, choose a different profession and never eat outside of your house again. These are the people who handle your food if you choose to go out to eat. On the other hand, if the life of a pirate excites you, this is right up your alley.
I had read this book when it first came out and enjoyed it. Years later I did a mid life career change, went back to school to be a cook. I listened to this book with a new perspective and understanding. I'm 57 and starting out in the basement with that pile of potatoes and love it.
Be ready for some of the audio clips to feel lower quality than others. It was awesome, and I'm glad I made it through. For some segments it felt like he was recording from different studios, so the sound and eq was not consistent. Recommend!
I have enjoyed Anthony Bourdain's TV shows and I always thought of him as a straight shooter. And that is precisely what you get in this honest, explicit and fast paced book. I have always been wary of "celebrity chefs" because they are no longer about the food that made them famous. Bourdain on the other hand is all about he food and more importantly, all about the culture behind the food. This book reflects that. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or those with delicate sensibilities. I lover it. I thought it was honest and straight from the heart. It has also given me a greater appreciation of the many faceless and hard working people in the restaurant business who work long hours for not too much money.
I will never order fish on a Monday unless it's in Japan :).
Loved the book! Highly recommend. Listening to this book places you inside the hot, sizzling kitchens of New York. Captivating read.
"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.
"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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