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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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    Rick Hirche 09-28-16
    Rick Hirche 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AB tries too hard in this book"

    it's like he's trying to use bigger words than necessary, the over done language pulls away from the book

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    DJM 09-28-16
    DJM 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wow!"

    if you've worked in restaurants this is a must read. a near perfect insight to the real restaurant biz underbelly.

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    Kian Ameli California USA 09-27-16
    Kian Ameli California USA 09-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Exactly what you want from Bourdain."

    I love all of Anthony Bourdain's shows- and this book takes it to the next level. Insight on food an philosophy as well as a few business lessons thrown in at the end. A fun listen

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    Madeline 09-23-16
    Madeline 09-23-16
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    "Anthony Bourdain Gets It"

    I finished this in 2 days. You can hear the unabashed love Tony has for his profession, and the joy he finds in the smallest details. The last ten minutes had me in tears because I knew that my love for food, for the craft of cooking, the happiness I find in feeding others....I knew from listening to him in those final minutes....that I am not alone......and that cook's are all sentimental fools.

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    "Great Listen"

    Bourdain is a master story teller. Loved this on audible. Highly recommend. Amazing and unfiltered - classic Bourdain.

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    Kalico michigan 09-09-16
    Kalico michigan 09-09-16

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    "Master Chef and Storyteller"

    This book in it's printed form was my introduction to Anthony Bourdain. Since then, I have become a loyal watcher of his television shows and exploits. He tells a story the way you want to hear it. It's like you're sitting across from him in person while he tells you and only you the events in his life. I did finish the book many years ago, and decided I needed to hear it from the man himself. I was not disappointed.

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    "loved it"

    loved the story. Cannot wait to read his other book. and he is the narrator

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    Dawn K. 08-31-16
    Dawn K. 08-31-16
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    What did you love best about Kitchen Confidential?

    I really enjoyed Tony Bourdain reading his own book. His style reminded me of the style/tone of detectives in old black and white movies. The stories from his childhood through his career as a chef truly gave me a new perspective of who he is and what he is about.


    What other book might you compare Kitchen Confidential to and why?

    This book is to autobiography and the culinary field what Vinnie Tortorich's book, Fitness Confidential, is to autobiography and the diet/fitness field. I actually read Fitness Confidential first and, based on what I knew of Mr. Bourdain from his television programs and Mr. Tortorich's praise of Mr. Bourdain's book, I decided to have a listen. No regrets. I enjoyed both books thoroughly.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Bourdain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first of Mr. Bourdain's audio books I've listened to. Although, I have another in my listening queue ready to go.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The road to culinary awareness and appreciation.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this book.

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    James 08-30-16
    James 08-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A workers tip o' the hat too his peers"

    I cannot cook, I should never be aloud too, but because of this book, I now dream of food and have a vast new outlook on the food in front of me. I appreciate everything a little bit more. Even a terrible meal at an awful establishment can still make be smile because of this book. Listen intently and I can promise, you will too.

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    angelique 08-29-16
    angelique 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "DELICIOUS"

    Unrestrained & Unrestricted. You are served Bourdains story HOT and it's tasry, hungry for more !!

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