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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I'm all about challenging myself lately so I'm using books to do that. They inspire & engage me so I can see what works. Reading is my life.
YES! This book made me laugh so many times and it really did make me think about food in a whole new way.
He doesn't take himself seriously, and that makes his story telling even more fun to hear.
This is a book that cusses often, is riddled with sarcasm, and one of the best I have heard in a long while.
This author hates himself, his profession and people who are in the same branch as well all people who come to eat in their restaurants. It is not about a myth, it is about the attitude and respect for others. He simple does not respect food!
The sound and reading is fine, but the material is just an awful stuff.
The whole story is not worth listening!
I might pick up the audiobook again to listen to in the future because the topics intrigued me and Bourdain's way of narrating really kind of kept me captivated.
He's a phenomenal host and really seems to put some passion into his reading.
Eye opening book about food passion and ambition. Loved it.
Anthony has proven to be good narrator.
shameless things happen
The author himself was great. he was so energetic
The way he talks the accents etc. he is just so sincere even when he is admiting is bad behavious
Love it. It is not a TOP SECRET thing but really nice.
An awesome insiders look into what running with the big dogs of NY was like in Bourdain's hay day. A Must Listen!
Although parts of this book were interesting (such as Bourdain's time in France, Cape Cod and Japan), too much redundancy led to a very slow read. If you like to hear (a lot) about people getting drunk, doing drugs, and dragging pots and pans around, you may enjoy this read.
I would have preferred less about the general acts of kitchen help and more in-depth material about Bourdain's time in culinary school or his personal relationships, or something creative like how he comes up with ideas for new dishes, etc. He mentions a wife about half-way through the book! No lead-up as to how he found the time to meet some-one or get married, while working 16 hours days and drunk or stoned most of the time. His descriptions are adjectives separated by commas.
Bourdain does offer a few cooking tips: his favorite type of knives, what and when to order at a restaurant (no sea-food on Mondays), and tips on becoming a chef or opening a restaurant. All delivery is fairly condescending.
Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of the book is when he is comparing his kitchen to that of an admired, successful chef, Scott Bryan. It is clear that Bryan runs a very different type of kitchen than Bourdain, and has been quite successful with it.
I finished the book only so that I could accurately review it.
If you are looking for an engaging auto-biography about a celebrity person, try Open by Andre Agassi. Open is extremely well-written and a very engaging read.
I loved his own narration and the way he tells it from experience. The terms he uses and the way he empathizes things in the sentences. Really loved the story from growing up and spending time in France and the long and hard road he walked to become what he is now.
I love his show No Reservations and I have the hardcover books also but with him reading it, its much more fun.
Medium Raw, follow up on his culinary adventures. Great book also but less bio.
The way he narrates, it just sounds good. His voice didnt become irritating or boring. The way he uses tones and empathizes some words. Also his italian, spanish and french terms he uses with such ease. Not to mention the swearing in the book...good that its not edited.
From the gutters to glitz.
No, I usually finish books, but this one was way too macho for me - too much talk of knives and macho posing. Maybe if I'd stuck with it or knew him from another setting, I would have enjoyed it. I gave it a real try though.
"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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