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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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    Jason Thomasville, NC, United States 06-07-05
    Jason Thomasville, NC, United States 06-07-05
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    "I laughed, I cried..."

    The book was great to read and the AUDIO book was a joy to listen to, especially since it was narrated by the author. This was a ton of fun.

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    Andrew South YarraAustralia 03-27-05
    Andrew South YarraAustralia 03-27-05
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    "Makes you want to eat (home cooked food that is)"

    A wonderful description of the madness that is the restaurant industry from a man who started at the bottom of the industry. Some great writing, some a little bit bombastic, but most of it really entertaining, all of it brought vividly to life by the narration of the author. Anthony Bourdain is incredibly passionate about what he does, paints such vivid pictures of the people in the industry, the food oh the food, the controlled mayhem that is the production line of a kitchen, that he almost makes you smell the kitchen, hear the New York accented commands of the chef and the cussing of Ecudorian line cooks.

    I felt hungry after many a description in the book, but equally was convinced to be far more vigilant at restaurants.

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    Ziloni 07-27-04
    Ziloni 07-27-04 Listener Since 1999
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    "Not what I expected, but still a decent read"

    Did not live up to the description, but was still an interesting "read". It might be that I have some cooking history though and was able to identify with it.

    A decent book and will hold your attention, but if you are looking for laughs or a gripping tale, look elsewhere.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linsey BRANDON, FL, USA 02-18-04
    Linsey BRANDON, FL, USA 02-18-04
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    "Courageous"

    In contrast to some of the other reviewers, I really liked the language and style of this book. It was true to the spirit of its topic, and that delighted me. The book kept pace too, which makes for a good audiobook.

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    Stacey Crummie Lawrenceville, GA USA 01-05-04
    Stacey Crummie Lawrenceville, GA USA 01-05-04 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read if you want to be a chef"

    First of all, if you are offended by graphically strong language, then just forget this book. It will offend you to no end as has been pointed out numerous times. The book is also quite long, and at times I lost interest as the subject matter seemed to drag on a bit. The book also seems, at least to me, to wander in its organization, moving first from pre chefdome and early influences to first job, then to 10th job, then oops, I forgot about that episode right after the first job, and so on. This is not a bad thing, and certainly might be considered proper literary organization by some, but I think this is what caused some of the loss of interest. Having said these few critical things, overall this is a really good, funny, and interesting book. If you are considering going into this business, starting a second career or you have a son or daughter that's considering it, it's a must read. Even if your not, this is a great book just to find out what's going on in those New York kitchens. Granted, some of you may never eat the fish special on Monday again, or every go to another brunch, but you will have a much greater appreciation for what those cooks have to go through to get your silly little piece of meat cooked and on your table. And I think that along the way, you'll laugh a few times as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen falling waters, WV, USA 12-24-03
    Stephen falling waters, WV, USA 12-24-03
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    "Great!"

    Wow, I never knew how Chef's Cooks or for that matter dishwashers really got the job done behind the scene.

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    Nancy Columbia, MO, USA 11-04-03
    Nancy Columbia, MO, USA 11-04-03
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    "Kitchen Confidential"

    Enjoyable, You can bet I will be careful about where and what day I eat out!!!

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    Jeremy Reno, NV, USA 06-30-03
    Jeremy Reno, NV, USA 06-30-03
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    "fantastic, laugh-out-loud funny"

    Bourdain gives more than 8 hours of humourous, insightful, and honest tales about the sometimes less than glamourous life of a chef.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colin hounslow, N/A, United Kingdom 03-24-03
    Colin hounslow, N/A, United Kingdom 03-24-03
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    "well, what a surprise!"

    i don't know why i bought this. i didn't expect to like it at all, but what d'you know? it was excellent! very, very funny, slightly unnerving in places and his passion for food makes you feel sort of inspired to...oh - live life for pleasure... well, i'm not expressing myself well, but take it from me, it's well worth a listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew New Orleans, LA, USA 03-07-03
    Matthew New Orleans, LA, USA 03-07-03
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    "One of the most entertaining books ever!"

    This guy is hilarious! Haven't gotten the audio yet, but as a seven-year cooking professional, I find Bourdain's testimonials to be shocking but absolutely true... Great read/listen for anyone who loves to eat out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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