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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Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
I really enjoyed this no holds bar account of his culinary career.
I think it stacks up nicely to any rock and roll autobiography out there, the life style of the chef in this book is pretty extreme.
He brings the street-wise honesty and New York attitude.
"This business grows a-holes: it's our principal export. I'm an a-hole. You should probably be an a-hole too." I am quoting him.
I am big fan of No Reservations, and was interested to know a little more about the man.Was not disappointed, he has seen and done it all. Certainly a must read for anyone who dines out on a regular basis.
Say what you want about Bourdain but you get nothing less then what you should expect. If you don't know his personality then this may not be the book for you, Rachael Ray has a book you may enjoy more. Going into it knowing what I know about Mr. Bourdain I loved it. I think I only stopped listening for a few hours during the entire read and that was to cook. It could be an eye opening experience for those who are not aware that Luis Sanchez is cutting up their sushi.
I do want to listen again. Mixed within the great stories are a few tips that I want to take advantage of.
Junky is my favorite book I ever heard because the author read it and this book is so fun to listen to since Bourdain reads it.
It is less like he is reading and more like he is just sitting and talking to you and telling you his crazy stories.
Be careful of when and where you eat
I just really enjoyed this book.
Anthony Bourdain as narrator made this book as far as I am concerned. I have enjoyed his show No Reservations for years and would have hated to hear another voice. I enjoyed this book as a total novice who did not understand how kitchens and restaurants run. I feel I got a much better grip on all that. Some of it was pretty gruesome but it seemed to be very honest. My only comment ( and I can't even really classify it as negative) is that I would not listen/read this again.
First off, I'm a fan of Anthony who uses curse words like salt and pepper. This is a real story of a scrappy guy who made it, not a pretty story mind you but a real one. I respect people that just stay at it through thick and thin. Listening to this gritty chef use his french vocabulary seems to be at odds with his mastery of the four letter words. I enjoyed hearing about the man he met early on who had scared blistered hands. He said he wanted hands like that, now he has earned a pair just like them. I look at my hands and realize what a lucky Boy Scout of a cook I really am.
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This book is good preview to the restaurant kitchen workings in New York. The narration of Anthony Bourdain is very good and adds to the over all experience. Some tips on ordering and timing in restaurants are helpful. I loved the part of "real time" working in the kitchen it was great fun.
Informative, funny, naughty and a well told story
It was nice to have the author read his own words, but someone should have told him to take a breath every once in a while...
Very interesting and funny book.. a pleasure to listen to..although the reader and author reads it kinda fast, but it is still quite enjoyable..He is really a rebel and has a novel approach to cooking and the food business.. I have watched his TV show
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
Sexy Anthony Bourdain
Anthony is unique, I cannot compare anything or anyone to this.
Yes, very much.
Most of my jobs have been in a kitchen, and not that I witnessed anything like he portrayed, but I could relate to some of what he talked about.
I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
This guy is quite a unique individual who tells the 'no holds barred' inside story of the restaurant business.
Colorful language, illegal immigration, booze, drugs, and lots of hanky-panky are described as he explains how he got into the food business. I also learned lots of tips. I will never order fish on the wrong day of the week again! And brunch? Not on your life. But I will buy lots of shallots. And I'll endeavor to emulate the orderliness of the mise en place while I throw together my mistress-pieces of culinary delights.
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