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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We found this book quite enjoyable. We are regular viewers of Anthony's show and found his same irreverent style in the audiobook. I particularly like the fact that he narrates the audiobook. It would not be the same without him reading.
This book, read by the master himself, is PHENOMENAL. I chose it after watching his show on the Travel Channel a few times, but was leary to by the book at Border's since I figured I might get bored with all the chef mumbo-jumbo: I know literally NOTHING about cooking. This book was fantastic though, I learned a great deal about the culinary world in general, but most importantly I enjoyed Bourdain's struggles through life since they were relatable. He went from aspiring college grad to broke drug addict to executive chef and world-renowned media personality. This is one of the most down-to-earth, truthful books I've read by anyone, and the narration by Bourdain himself makes it nothing less than epic. If you know anything about the man, or just seen his show once and liked it, download this book.
Aaron L. M. Goodwin
My only complaint is the severe and many times forced usage of vulgarity. I know this is Bourdain being Bourdain, but much of the time it comes off forced. That being said, this is still an excellent look into the world of the cook, you'll learn a lot and be entertained.
Interesting entertaining book, I liked that it was read by the author as well- it felt like the book really came alive. It made short work of a 6 hour drive!
Literary graduate and published columnist turned glorified grease monkey.
I'm glad that Anthony narrated this. It's always better to let the writer tell his own stories. He dlievers them with more gusto and character than someone else would and it certainly pays off. You can hear the passion in his voice when he's describing his hilarious experiences. His wealth of knowledge also pays off. You can take a lot from this book and have a lot of fun at the same time. Even my wife loved it and she hates audiobooks. If you like this you have to get the "Waiter Rant". Two thumbs up.
It's usually better to listen to the author's reading, assuming they can read decently, and this one is no exception. Bourdain gives us the sense that we are actually listening to someone talk about himself, not just reading a book. He is so honest about what an unwholesome character he was that knowing it's him reading it really adds to the experience.
Humorous, tell it like it is account of the cooking/chef trade. Bourdain is an astute judge of character, who helps the listener really get inside the people who work in this field. Full of salty language, and profound respect for talented people who work hard. Loved every minute of it.
The author is great at reading the book. He presents his autobiography in a very cynical manner, as per his real-life demeanor. At times it may seem juvenile, but nonetheless I found it entertaining. There are several great tips regarding cooking and eating out.
Kitchen Confidential receives my highest rating for being entertaining as well as a delicious read, even if I am not a food or restaurant connoisseur.
"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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