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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly | [Anthony Bourdain]

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." 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.
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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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    John Galt 05-25-12
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    "Bourdain is an entertainer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kitchen Confidential to be better than the print version?

    Bourdain is bourdain. He is a top notch entertainer. It's a very enjoyable listen. Well done


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    Nadine Forsyth 05-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought parts of this were very interesting, but at times it seemed like he was going for shock value. I don't think I am impressed with him as he is.

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    Megan 05-08-12
    Megan 05-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Anthony Boudain!"
    If you could sum up Kitchen Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    I've working in kitchens so this stuff really hits home. Though some of the stories are a little crass...so is the life in the restaurant business. Additionally, Anthony Bourdain reading his own book feels like he is telling me these stories personally. He is animated telling his stories, and I can feel his passion. This is a book I would love to read over and over!


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    Jason Lewis 05-07-12
    Jason Lewis 05-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Scintillating and Interesting Throughout"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kitchen Confidential to be better than the print version?

    Yes because Bourdain reads the book himself so the intonations and pace are exactly as intended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bourdain - it's his book about his experiences.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This book is more like a series of essays instead of a story from beginning to end so the words gain a certain amount of animation that they wouldn't have otherwise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ailish A. Welch MA, USA 04-30-12
    Ailish A. Welch MA, USA 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Raw and funny"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I picked this up when I was feeling a little down and his raw humor and great stories totally cheered me up. I went on to read the follow-up Medium Raw which is just as good. Like all books read by the author it is very well read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The man himself


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Bourdain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have also read Medium Raw - they are both excellent


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    Rachel 04-24-12
    Rachel 04-24-12
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    "A slightly outdated must-read"
    What made the experience of listening to Kitchen Confidential the most enjoyable?

    I loved that Anthony Bourdain narrated it himself - it wouldn't have been enjoyable otherwise. His performance was excellent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anthony Bourdain? Why or why not?

    Definitely.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone, his sarcasm, his non-regional specific diction.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Privilege, Rebellion, Redemption, Mastery, Reflection.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ignatz 04-23-12
    Ignatz 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Makes me want to cook"
    What made the experience of listening to Kitchen Confidential the most enjoyable?

    Anthony Bourdain's narration. He never takes himself too seriously and always made me feel what he was feeling. He also made me laugh out loud, a lot.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His energy, his wit, his New York swagger.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Straight, no chaser.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Sydney 04-20-12
    Chris Sydney 04-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    "Hell's Kitchen"
    What did you love best about Kitchen Confidential?

    I really enjoyed this no holds bar account of his culinary career.


    What other book might you compare Kitchen Confidential to and why?

    I think it stacks up nicely to any rock and roll autobiography out there, the life style of the chef in this book is pretty extreme.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the street-wise honesty and New York attitude.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "This business grows a-holes: it's our principal export. I'm an a-hole. You should probably be an a-hole too." I am quoting him.


    Any additional comments?

    I am big fan of No Reservations, and was interested to know a little more about the man.Was not disappointed, he has seen and done it all. Certainly a must read for anyone who dines out on a regular basis.

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    Robert Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-09-12
    Robert Indianapolis, IN, United States 04-09-12
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    "Enjoyable throughout."

    Say what you want about Bourdain but you get nothing less then what you should expect. If you don't know his personality then this may not be the book for you, Rachael Ray has a book you may enjoy more. Going into it knowing what I know about Mr. Bourdain I loved it. I think I only stopped listening for a few hours during the entire read and that was to cook. It could be an eye opening experience for those who are not aware that Luis Sanchez is cutting up their sushi.

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    hlew Palos Park, IL, United States 03-15-12
    hlew Palos Park, IL, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2015

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    "So glad I listened instead of read"
    Would you listen to Kitchen Confidential again? Why?

    I do want to listen again. Mixed within the great stories are a few tips that I want to take advantage of.


    What other book might you compare Kitchen Confidential to and why?

    Junky is my favorite book I ever heard because the author read it and this book is so fun to listen to since Bourdain reads it.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is less like he is reading and more like he is just sitting and talking to you and telling you his crazy stories.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be careful of when and where you eat


    Any additional comments?

    I just really enjoyed this book.

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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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    3/23/07
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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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