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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This audiobook is read by the author, which always makes books more enjoyable. I was a waitress through high school and college, and I believe 100% of the stories told. As far as the crude and vulgar language used in the book -- well, that's reality too. I heard worse language in real kitchens than I did in the Marines; the tone of this book is the tone of commercial kitchens. A good, entertaining, enjoyable book that is easy to listen to and amusing.
Besides containing great information about what to order where and when, and what really goes on to make a restaurant run, the author is absolutely hilarious. His description of restaurant lingo was beyond funny. This is one of the funnest books to listen to ever. But be warned that the language is graphic, but, as the saying goes, "if you can't take the heat..."
Well, maybe it's not extreme as Thompson, but it sure gets close. I listened to this during one of my long road trips between Oklahoma and Delaware. Extremely entertaining and engaging. I actually have spent a large portion of my adult life wishing I had been a chef instead of a lawyer. Bourdain's book both helped and that wishful thinking.
I have dated many girls who worked in restaurants. My best friend growing up ended up managing one. As a result, I've heard variations on this theme for a long time. But none compared to the depth of understanding and statements about food that comes from a full, professional chef.
Of course, Bourdain has moved into his video travelogues and is quite famous now. But his writing rings true and I enjoyed this listen very much. I will say that like most artists (and I feel great chefs are artists) he can be arrogant and self centered, but he does so with honesty.
Highly recommended and worth a credit.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
I was a fan of "Kitchen Confidential" TV Show and I Decided to read the book it was based upon, and I loved It!!!!!
Sense of humor and facts of the story make it unbelievably good.
Excellent narration of the author himself giving it final touch making it better than TV show.
I began listening it through the loud speakers of my phone during my meal time break in one of my usual restaurants, and in 20 minutes 3 tables closest to me asked me to make it louder, I have no doubt they BOUGHT a copy of their own.
I do enjoy Anthony Bourdain's television show "No Reservations", but it was the recommendation of someone I spoke with that convinced me to "read" this book. As someone who enjoys watching cooking shows and learning about food, if not good at cooking myself, I was immediately sucked into this audiobook.
Bourdain himself is a fantastic narrator. He presents his fluid and witty style clearly and with great pacing. You can tell how much effort he put into this book, and the listener is rewarded with a great variety of information. I enjoyed hearing the insider secrets about what to order when, what kinds of utensils and cookware are actually worth having, etc., but far more interesting were the stories of Anthony working behind the scenes at many restaurants in many cities.
One word of advice: this book is gritty in the sense that he pulls no punches in his description of the restaurant industry and those who make it up. If lengthy references to or all-out discussions about drugs use and sex offend you, you'll not be wanting this audiobook. On the other hand, this is the most gratifying "cooking show" experience I have*ever* had.
I have recommended this book to at least ten people since finishing it. Off to listen to the next offering from AB.
What a great listen. I discovered Anthony Bourdain through his No Reservation shows on the Travel channel. If you've enjoyed those as much as I have, you'll love this. I can't imagine anyone else reading it like the author. From the CIA (the school, that is), to P-Town, to NYC, to Tokyo and back with a supporting cast of dishwashers, waiters, sous chefs and the best baker in the world (with no last name !), you'll love hearing about his life and exploits. Enjoy.
Thoroughly entertaining nonfiction. I didn't care for the author; I found him to be very arrogant, but he does tell a good story. This book was a great insight into the restaurant business, and any one that has ever waitressed at a nice place will appreciate it. He tells it like it is.
I got this book based on the other good reviews, and needed to use up a book credit before it expired. Completely unexpected, this book is one of my favorites! Very funny, and easy to listen to. I have also tried to become more adventurous in my cuisine choices, and found the "What not to order in a restaurant" very helpful.
Being in the business for 25 year I could relate to alot of the thing that happen in this book, But his experiences are very extreme. He is a great chef and well educated. It gave me alot of laughs.
Tony Bourdain is funny, irreverent, honest, opinionated--and did I mention funny? 'Kitchen Confidential' isn't just a book for foodies, or people who eat out a lot, or people who love/respect the work chefs do (although all of those people would enjoy this book.) It's an adventure about discovering himself, about recognizing what he truly loves to do--done with razor-sharp humor and honesty and self-recognition. I've listened to it twice, and I'm sure I'll listen to it again.
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