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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The book itself was awesome and listening to Anthony read was Perfect. My only problem with it was the editing. There were points in the book where it abruptly jumped to the next track or recording quickly cutting off the previous track. If it hadn't been for that the book would have been perfect.
New school to some extent in some places. The stories and descriptions took me back to my time in restaurants in the 80s.
Read by author. His wry sense of humor, and refreshingly blunt words are music to my ears.
Bravo Zulu, man.
What can you say about this...an instant kitchen classic that any BOH worker worth a dahm brags everytime about reading!... Read it. Find out for yourself that this industry is very much how he discribes.
I have been in the service industry for over half my life. Anthony gives you the ins and outs of the industry from a very vulnerable place. He takes you on a ride through the good and the bad. Think of it what you will.
I bought this so my girlfriend and I could listen on a road trip. My girlfriend is interested in anything related to food and cooking, and this had great reviews so I thought it would be a good listen. We tried to listen for about 30 minutes, but we couldn't get into it - it just wasn't interesting to either of us. Wish I could return it, but I'm now outside of the return window. I don't understand why this is so highly rated - definitely listen to the sample before you buy, and if you don't love the sample, don't assume it will get any better.
"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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