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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly | [Anthony Bourdain]

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Professor 11-27-12
    Professor 11-27-12

    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)

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    "AUTOBIOGRAPHY MASTERPIECE"

    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.

    PS
    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    09-19-05
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    "It's Cooking"

    Hey, he swears, he talks about drugs, sex, food. Especially the food. He clearly loves his food.
    I cannot believe that some reviewers take against the author for honesty and being himself. He swears! Aaargh! He is honest about his past: "I was a jerk" - and I imagine he was. Perhaps is. Who knows? He writes what comes out of his head, what he feels, no holds barred. And he narrates it very well.
    I am a Brit, so a lot of the references to restaurants, chefs, places meant diddly squat to me, but it doesn't matter. The book is funny - laugh out loud in places - it is informative, profane, full of foodie terms I have no idea about (but so what, it ain't a recipe book). It is a good listen.
    I mark it down a point because I think the quality of recording could be better - a strange fade-in thing going on at the start of sentences/sections, but not so bad that it is to the detriment of the tale. Kitchen Confidential? AB will hate it - but I say 'well done'. Arf.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Whitney Austin, TX, USA 06-08-10
    Whitney Austin, TX, USA 06-08-10
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    "Simply wonderful"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lorelei Erie, PA, USA 11-11-07
    Lorelei Erie, PA, USA 11-11-07
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    "For the food service in us ..."

    If you've ever worked in a kitchen, this is how it really is. Not how it "should" be, but most of the time how it actually is. This book is written by Anthony, but could have thousands of other names as the writer. But only he, it seems, could have put it in the words that he has. A great tribute from all of us that have gone through it.
    This is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in the writer (good or bad), ready to eat in a fine food joint (when to order certain foods, when not to, and why), or thinking of working in the kitchen industry. Very well written, full of very logical and technicial facts from the food industry, a very good and enjoyable read, and just down right funny! My very first full 5 star rating and I just don't give those ratings away.
    I respect the writer much more after seeing where he came from and what he went through, though I must say I found him entertaining before reading it. This was a wonderful glimpse behind the kitchen doors written by a person able to tell it better than most. Very well done Mr. Bourdain!! Learn from his decisions, and hope to be as fine a Chef as he actually is. Very well written indeed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    W. F. Matystik 11-12-05

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    "Tony's the one to Narrate This !"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan allen, TX, USA 11-01-05
    Susan allen, TX, USA 11-01-05
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    "I'll never eat out again"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Escondido, CA, USA 08-18-05
    Lisa Escondido, CA, USA 08-18-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Completely Unexpected"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanine glen cove , NY, USA 01-16-05
    Jeanine glen cove , NY, USA 01-16-05
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    "great chef crazy guy"

    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.

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    Patricia East Syracuse, NY, USA 05-09-03
    Patricia East Syracuse, NY, USA 05-09-03
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    "Bourdain reads real chef experiences"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy fot lauderdale, FL, USA 01-15-05
    Cindy fot lauderdale, FL, USA 01-15-05
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    "Foodie delight!"

    I loved this book. After reading it, I felt I really learned what it REALLY is like to be a chef. Anthony Bourdain's reading is fantastic. He is at times crude and vulgar, while at other times down right hilarious. What I loved about this book: Honest. If you love the food network and would truly love to get down and dirty with the "real" cooking, read this book. He does not sugar coat a thing. I loved it!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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