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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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    Daniel Perry San Francisco, CA, US 05-20-15
    Daniel Perry San Francisco, CA, US 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    I loved this book. It left me wanting more audible books that are this much fun to listen to. Excellent.

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    Deb Bellevue, WA United States 05-19-15
    Deb Bellevue, WA United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    You need to be interested in cooking and Bourdain to enjoy this book. I thought it was a lot of fun. Interesting too.

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    Leo 05-10-15
    Leo 05-10-15
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    "terrific account of a chef's life"

    excellent - some parts were read too fast and needed to go back to understand them
    having the book read by Mr. Bourdain made it very enjoyable
    looking forward to reading more from him

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    James 05-06-15
    James 05-06-15
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    "Thumbs up!"

    Bourdain is a legend to all restaurant career lifers! brutally honest and entertaining! perfect insight to the industry for new comers and seasoned vets alike. thank you.

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    Alex 05-03-15
    Alex 05-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun as hell."
    If you could sum up Kitchen Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    Violent. Opinionated. Inspiring


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bigfoot. He's a badass and a mensch.


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

    Nope. Next question


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Any moment he went into detail about a particular service or the goings on in a kitchen took me back to when I was running around like an idiot in a restaurant years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    You probably won't agree with a lot of what he says, but he will get you thinking and motivated, even if it is to prove him wrong.

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    Angelica 04-30-15
    Angelica 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect read"

    Funny, irreverent, and made me hungry! I always wanted to read this and Bourdain definitely delivers. Can't wait to hear his others.

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    Jonathan 04-29-15
    Jonathan 04-29-15
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    "A MASTERPIECE!"

    Loved it! The reader of this book does a superb job interpreting Bourdain! Makes it so much easier to understand! Diffidently worth the time and money!!!!!!!! A+++++++++++++++++++++++++

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    J. Brown TX 02-04-15
    J. Brown TX 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "decent reading but audible cut off some chapters"
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    the book was fine, but the recording was lacking. there were at least 3 chapters that were cut off in mid-sentence

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    Frankie B 01-29-15
    Frankie B 01-29-15
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    "Great book."

    Being a culinary grad and kitchen worker all of the stories hit home. If you want to know about kitchen life read this

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    Daniel 01-16-15
    Daniel 01-16-15
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    "Great entertainment"

    Great book for anyone who's worked in the industry. The only downfall is I don't speak French so I had no clue what half the dishes he made were.

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    5/25/09
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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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