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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Anthony Bordain provides an honest insider's account of the upscale restaurant world. It's highly entertaining.
Well-written blend of stories, jokes, advice, memoirs, shop-talk and shit-talk.
Highly recommended. Anthony Bourdain is at once wise, crude, reflective, yet always profanely hilarious.
It's easy to see why Anthony bourdain has excelled as a travel guide to the most interesting cuisines in the world. The book itself is a must read for anyone interested in working in a kitchen.
If you like Anthony, or even if you don't, if you're the least bit interested in what it's like to be in the trenches of someone's chosen career. Especially one that is demanding in both skill & timing. Bourdain's makes it as clear as a bottle of white wine & as tasty as your favorite dish. Bon appetite
It becomes easy to pick out the civilians by the reviews stating, "does he have to swear so much?" Or, "he uses the f-word a lot..." Yeah, it's how kitchens talk. This book nails the life of a kitchen crew perfectly. If you're immediately upset by what you hear/ read, choose a different profession and never eat outside of your house again. These are the people who handle your food if you choose to go out to eat. On the other hand, if the life of a pirate excites you, this is right up your alley.
I had read this book when it first came out and enjoyed it. Years later I did a mid life career change, went back to school to be a cook. I listened to this book with a new perspective and understanding. I'm 57 and starting out in the basement with that pile of potatoes and love it.
Be ready for some of the audio clips to feel lower quality than others. It was awesome, and I'm glad I made it through. For some segments it felt like he was recording from different studios, so the sound and eq was not consistent. Recommend!
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