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Kitchen Confidential Audiobook

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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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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    lorenzo 05-16-16
    lorenzo 05-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Well done"

    Don't think just buy , you definitely , absolutely will not be disappointed ....buy now and be amazed

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    emily 05-11-16
    emily 05-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    This book was very funny! The other did a great job telling his story while keeping me laughing the whole time.

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    SHHHHH 04-29-16
    SHHHHH 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book on the modern kitchen"

    Awesome story told by the guy who lived it. real world kitchen experience at its finest.

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    wags 04-23-16
    wags 04-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great stories from a real vet"

    awesome book with great tales of the life of a chef!! a must read if you are looking to get into the business

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    Christopher C. 04-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story"

    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.

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    Erick 04-13-16
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    "Loved it!"

    Great book, from start to finish. It was a super great perk to hear it narrated by Anthony Bourdain as well!

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    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.

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    michael 04-10-16
    michael 04-10-16 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    What made the experience of listening to Kitchen Confidential the most enjoyable?

    I always like non fiction when it's read by the writer


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty, this is the first time the truth of the kitchen life was brought out into the light.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, worth the price

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    RedSoxGirl 03-23-16
    RedSoxGirl 03-23-16 Member Since 2016

    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~~

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    "Bourdain delivers a great life story"
    Would you listen to Kitchen Confidential again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Bourdain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I plan to get the rest of his books, I have not heard any others yet.


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

    Culinary Badass Through the Years


    Any additional comments?

    He has a likable personality, great stories, and a unique but fair attitude for his world of food.

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    Mayapoe 03-21-16
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    "Loved it"

    A great story. Enjoyed the entirety of it. Anthony Bourdains narration funny and wonderful. Would recommend for all foodies.

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    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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  • joan wright
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    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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