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 keeps it real by sharing his past experiences and stories with candor and a healthy bit of shame. A must read for any sommelier of life.
But please fix the abrupt cutoff at the end of the later chapters, ruins the storytelling, big time.
I love how Tony acts like a buffoon when he is in fact an articulate writer. he had enough real world struggles that made him who he is today. I was a cook and Waitron for a decade. he totally took me back in time. it is as relevant today as it was 15 years ago. I love this book.
I'm just a guy who hates Small talk, thanks to audible and a good set of ear buds. Not shopping, not even waiting rooms are a problem.
I always like non fiction when it's read by the writer
The honesty, this is the first time the truth of the kitchen life was brought out into the light.
Great book, worth the price
I want sleep beneath the peaceful skies in my lover's bed with a wide open country in my eyes and these romantic dreams in my head~~
I would, there was a lot of information on how to run a kitchen/restaurant and he goes through so much of it you can't help but pick up some new things if you listen more than once.
Bourdain's voice--he is an excellent narrator in my opinion. Hearing the beginnings of his career and how he graduated from CIA was entertaining.
I plan to get the rest of his books, I have not heard any others yet.
Culinary Badass Through the Years
He has a likable personality, great stories, and a unique but fair attitude for his world of food.
"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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