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Kitchen Confidential Audiobook

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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    JuneParmer South Carolina 02-07-13
    JuneParmer South Carolina 02-07-13

    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.

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    "Entertaining, Funny, Scary and Harshly Truthful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! This book made me laugh so many times and it really did make me think about food in a whole new way.


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

    He doesn't take himself seriously, and that makes his story telling even more fun to hear.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that cusses often, is riddled with sarcasm, and one of the best I have heard in a long while.

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    Gordana Iowa City, IA, United States 01-17-13
    Gordana Iowa City, IA, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Time spent in vain"
    What would have made Kitchen Confidential better?

    Nothing!


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Bourdain’s story?

    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!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The sound and reading is fine, but the material is just an awful stuff.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kitchen Confidential?

    The whole story is not worth listening!


    Any additional comments?

    None.

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    Alex Boston 01-17-13
    Alex Boston 01-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"

    Awesome book, authentic delivery (but of course). Looking forward to listening to all the rest.

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    Samuel Princeton, NJ, United States 12-24-12
    Samuel Princeton, NJ, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book for the Foodie or Wannabee-Foodie"
    Would you listen to Kitchen Confidential again? Why?

    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.


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

    He's a phenomenal host and really seems to put some passion into his reading.


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    brana.culibrk Canada 12-10-12
    brana.culibrk Canada 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read"
    If you could sum up Kitchen Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    Eye opening book about food passion and ambition. Loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anthony has proven to be good narrator.


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    Rami Dubai, United Arab Emirates 12-06-12
    Rami Dubai, United Arab Emirates 12-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good listen"
    If you could sum up Kitchen Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    shameless things happen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author himself was great. he was so energetic


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

    The way he talks the accents etc. he is just so sincere even when he is admiting is bad behavious


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

    Shamles Cooks


    Any additional comments?

    Love it. It is not a TOP SECRET thing but really nice.

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    Wes Fair Oaks, CA, United States 11-02-12
    Wes Fair Oaks, CA, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Kitchen Madness"

    An awesome insiders look into what running with the big dogs of NY was like in Bourdain's hay day. A Must Listen!

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    J. Spanbauer Cincinnati, OH 10-17-12
    J. Spanbauer Cincinnati, OH 10-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Un-inspiring slog through Bourdain's chef life"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you recommend Kitchen Confidential to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Bourdain’s performances?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Peter Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10-14-12
    Peter Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10-14-12
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    "Amazing book! A must read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Kitchen Confidential the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    Medium Raw, follow up on his culinary adventures. Great book also but less bio.


    What about Anthony Bourdain’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    From the gutters to glitz.


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    IthacaNancy 10-08-12
    IthacaNancy 10-08-12
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    "Way Too Macho"
    Would you try another book from Anthony Bourdain and/or Anthony Bourdain?

    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.


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    AirdrieUnited Kingdom
    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
    Glasgow
    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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