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 just gave up after three hours--I couldn't listen to any more of the author's self-important spiel. This was one of the most unsympathetic narrators/protagonists I have ever come across. I hoped this would be funny and a voyeuristic peek into the professional world of cooking but it turned out to be mean-spirited and boring. What a jerk...and an awful writer.
The great majority of this book is no more than a detailed resume of an endless succession of restaurants the author has worked in. The seemingly endless ramblings of his previous employment is something you might expect to hear from a talkative drunk at a bar who everyone is trying to avoid. He might have produced a more readable book if he had worked with an experienced author. The book may have also been easier to listen to if it had been read by a professional reader. I found his monotone, lifeless voice very annoying, and had to fight against it to continue listening to the book. Think twice before wasting your money on this book.
This is the only audible book I've downloaded that I was unable to finish. There was some interesting material in the book but it was offset by the offensive language and many numberous graphic sexual references which added nothing to the book. I'm not a prude, but in all found the book of little value.
If you enjoy listening to long lists of menu items and creative swearing, you will love this book. I stayed with it for about five hours; staying for full eight would have been more pain than I cared to endure.
A less than stellar book; I gave it one more star than it rates
If Sly Stallone were to write a book, this would be it! It is arrogant beyond belief with a very tiresome writing style. The foul language and degradation of women seems totally gratuitous. There is some good information but it is so self serving and self concious. I hated it! BUT I did finish it.
From the previous reviews, I expected that this book would be very entertaining. I could not even be bothered to listen to more than aobut 45 minutes of it. I kept waiting for it to get better, but NO... Don't spend the time to download this one.
Very boring and naration monotone and boring. Not much information given about behind the scenes that is of interest. Tired of him talking about taking drugs over and over. Did not like.
Please don't reward this cynic for his immoral past. It's hard to believe anyone could make such a half hearted career effort and expect people to be interested in the story. Glad he wasn't working for me!
This is a very entertaining story about the Bourdain's path from high school to the best restaurants in the world. After listening to this book, you will get the sense that top chefs must really love their work, in order to put up with what goes along with life in a restaurant kitchen.
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