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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Bourdain is bourdain. He is a top notch entertainer. It's a very enjoyable listen. Well done
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.
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!
Yes because Bourdain reads the book himself so the intonations and pace are exactly as intended.
Bourdain - it's his book about his experiences.
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.
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.
The man himself
I have also read Medium Raw - they are both excellent
I loved that Anthony Bourdain narrated it himself - it wouldn't have been enjoyable otherwise. His performance was excellent.
His tone, his sarcasm, his non-regional specific diction.
Privilege, Rebellion, Redemption, Mastery, Reflection.
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.
His energy, his wit, his New York swagger.
Straight, no chaser.
Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
I really enjoyed this no holds bar account of his culinary career.
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.
He brings the street-wise honesty and New York attitude.
"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.
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.
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.
I do want to listen again. Mixed within the great stories are a few tips that I want to take advantage of.
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.
It is less like he is reading and more like he is just sitting and talking to you and telling you his crazy stories.
Be careful of when and where you eat
I just really enjoyed this book.
"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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