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.
Great back story on a guy we all know and some of us love;) from his tv travel adventures....loved the paperback and the audiobook. The fact that Anthony narrates it himself is the icing on the cake.
Always looking for a good book to escape into for a short period of time
The book was great Tony was great but there is a lot of white noise he cut are sometime so sudden and have a loud crack to them. It really took away from the book it was probably the worst recording I have ever heard really disappointed that audible let this recording go available to the public
I listened after reading years ago. Interesting but not nearly as compelling as Medium Raw. Bourdain sounds more like he is reading rather than story telling and his narration improved greatly with Raw. That being said this is worth a listen and (of course) more so for us in the life.
I love books and love talking about books. Hope my reviews are helpful!
No surprise, slinging a performance of his own work, Bourdain narrates in a manner that makes you feel there, in the moment, getting called an expletive and chopping your finger off. Great insight into the life of a chef generally, as well as the depravities of Bourdain's own. The man's a wordsmith, and to have him deliver the venomous (or affectionate) curses he used on the job, was a treat. Enjoyable for food lover, chefs, or anyone who likes brutal honesty and a discerning eye (appreciating debauchery can help too).
If you ever wonder how is life inside the restaurant industry, then you should,you must read this!!!! To make it even better, Anthony himself narrated 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
Report Inappropriate Content