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Kitchen Confidential Audiobook
Kitchen Confidential
Written by: 
Anthony Bourdain
Narrated by: 
Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential Audiobook

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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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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    Frankie B 01-29-15
    Frankie B 01-29-15
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    "Great book."

    Being a culinary grad and kitchen worker all of the stories hit home. If you want to know about kitchen life read this

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    Daniel 01-16-15
    Daniel 01-16-15
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    "Great entertainment"

    Great book for anyone who's worked in the industry. The only downfall is I don't speak French so I had no clue what half the dishes he made were.

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    Jason Jablonski 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read but oddly poorly edited."

    I listened to this and was really surprised that the shoddy editing of this compared to the CD. Every chapter or author break is clipped poorly or has a change in audio level. One was almost silent until i turned it up, and the next chapter almost blew out my eardrums. And whole sentences get clipped in the same way.

    Which sucks because the original audiobook does not have this issue.

    The book itself is great and Bourdain is a great reader and vocalist. He keeps you interested. It is a shame the Audible version is so poorly copied.

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    Alex 01-03-15
    Alex 01-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great stories you should listen to"

    The book deals with some great experiences behind the counter and a secret or two on how to be a decent chef.

    Anthony keeps the reading fun and walks alongside you through the culinary world of NYC

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    Angela 12-20-14
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    "(Dirty,chaotic,FUN)Insight into the Life of a Chef"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kitchen Confidential to be better than the print version?

    I loved the book (though I am biased bc I already love Bourdain from his shows). It's a personal look at the culinary world in all of it's chaos and glory.

    The recording, however, wasn't so great. I don't know if they tried to fix some old glitches with new recordings (at least that's what it sounds like to me)... and they don't sync up very well. On the plus side, it's not like you're missing whole chunks of the story.

    Would still, very much so, recommend this book!


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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 08-07-14
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 08-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Thought it would never end!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For the first few hours.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shortened it!


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not too much. I think anyone could have narrated this. Anthony really doesn't show much emotion and his tone is pretty much the same throughout.


    Did Kitchen Confidential inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I love food, great restaurants, reading chef bios, basically anything having to do with food. This book is the same story over and over with very strong language that just gets worse at it goes on. I'm no pansy for sure, but enough was enough! How many time does Bourdain have to describe the same graphic, horrible sex scene as if he enjoys retelling them? This story would have been much better told in at least half the time.

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    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 06-07-14
    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 06-07-14 Member Since 2014

    Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on

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    "A rollicking culinary adventure!"
    What did you love best about Kitchen Confidential?

    Learning about the pros and cons of starting your own restaurant


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was true and narrated by the author


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anthony, fresh out of culinary school, being a smartass, then in the kitchen burning his hand and asking for burn cream and a bandaid, when the big black viking chef had enough and thrust his scarred hands in his face! Priceless!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed many times


    Any additional comments?

    I now know not to bother opening my own restaurant and have much more respect for chefs, cooks and restarateurs

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    Angela Gerring 04-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting, albeit a bit pretentious and sloppy"

    I love Anthony Bourdain's TV shows, and the way he speaks can be truly captivating - honest, rough, and to the point. This book however came off as a bit over the top with the snobbery, painting chefs as the hardest working members of our society. That's OK though - it is interesting to take a look behind the kitchen doors, and see how one of the most failed business ventures in America actually works.

    What I really had a hard time with was the recording quality. There was no pause between chapters and it was very difficult to tell when he shifted to a new chapter. I found sometimes the only way to tell was when the subject completely shifted. I also found the quality of the sound would shift frequently, which was very distracting. As engaging of a speaker as Anthony Bourdain is, the majority of the book read in a fairly monotone, bored voice.

    The flow of the book also did not feel right - I know the book is about Kitchens, but it felt as though it jumped around frequently, the reader had no real sense of timing in his life, and glossed over important events. I know it isn't a biography, but when you spend the first third of the book talking about how smacked out drugs he was and his addictions, but then suddenly - he was clean. Maybe through sheer willpower, but it felt as though it was very glossed over.

    If you love Bourdain - maybe read the book vice listening, or just check out his televison shows. Much better production value.

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    Litlepapoose 02-12-14
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    "If Bourdain is your kinda guy you will love this"

    Great narration by the author, with stories that may at times shock or appall. If you find swearing distasteful, or are prudish and think drug, sex and booze amoral, this books is not for you. Great stories, and insights into the restaurant business, but mostly into this man's life. Highly recommend it.

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    Sally Shelby Township, MI, United States 01-05-14
    Sally Shelby Township, MI, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What an amazing expose of life in restaurant kitchens! Great story telling in Anthony's unmistakable sarcastic, ascerbic style and voice. If you have any curiosity about how top notch restaurant kitchens run, look no further, Anthony explains it here with humor and sometime shocking details. Even if some of the stories are embellished for story-telling (which I am not saying they are) you believe his story because he admits to his mistakes and applies plenty of self-deprecating humor to make sure you know he's a regular guy who happens to be insatiably curious and passionate about food. I know I will relish hearing this one again and again.

    Make no mistake, I was not an instantaneous Anthony Bourdain fan the first time I saw him 10 years ago...He is definitely an "acquired taste" not always endearing himself to the audience. He has mellowed over the years and I have truly come to appreciate his talent as an author and entertaining food/travel show host. I would love to experience his cooking and hear more of his stories over drinks at a corner bar.


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