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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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great book, but audio setup is bad

I loved the memoir, the overall tone of the narration, and Anthony's dry and very New York delivery. However, Audible or whoever set up the chapter breaks and audio quality definitely dropped the ball. The chapter breaks in this audio book are NOT the actual chapter breaks from the book itself. Sometimes you luck out on them aligning, but other times it switches mid-chapter or even mid-sentence. The chapter starts stomp on the ends of prior chapters so I don't even know if I missed some words or parts of the book as a result. It felt like I did. The audio quality is that of someone trying to digitize a VHS copy of a tape recorded TV show. It's not uniform through the overall audiobook and sometimes results in garbled or grainy audio texture. Each chapter seemed to have had a different audio mixer.

Definitely listen to the book but maybe from a different source file than this one. If it weren't for the fact that I used a credit to get this one, I'd have demanded a refund.

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Fantastic!

What did you love best about Kitchen Confidential?

This book is riveting from start to finish. I was entertained, horrified and educated throughout the telling and Bourdain's voice is the only way to enjoy this fully. If you've read the physical copy, you owe it to yourself to hear the man himself speak about his life. He's also the only one able to effortlessly blow through the many French cuisine names littered about the story. This is well worth a credit. Get it.

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Bravado, testosterone and cleverness

He speaks too fast, but then, he is a fast thinker and an impatient soul. This, like Billl Buford's "Heat" is not only about food, but about enduring the incredible amount of labour, sweat, blood and grease in the kitchen of any restaurant. As a Mexican I LOVED the plea for respect to inmigrants. (I live in México, and Trump really scares us).

He earned my loyalty.

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a day in the life

For anyone who's worked in restaurants, this book will resonate. I spent 13 years in the industry (as a "waitron" and bartender) before a career change (I'm a therapist now) and I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. Some of the stories in this book took me right back there as I remembered almost forgotten characters in the friends and Co workers he described, while other stories were radically and uniquely only the author's. I love Anthony Bourdain, even more so after reading this book. He speaks some deep truths and I appreciate his almost-jaded raw honesty, wit, spirit, and the rules/tips at the end.

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Oh how I love the life.

This book is wonderful. I love this guy. There are many truths in these pages!

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an industry must

As a chef this book pops up as a must read in just about every kitchen I've worked. Getting to hear it read by Bourdain was akin to having a beer with an old friend reminiscing of the "good old days".

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  • TIMOTHY
  • BARRINGTON, IL, United States
  • 07-30-16

TONY HITS THE PULPUT.

What would have made Kitchen Confidential better?

A LITTLE LESS PREACHING

Has Kitchen Confidential turned you off from other books in this genre?

NO, JUST FROM HIM.

Did Anthony Bourdain do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

JUST TOO PREACHY

What character would you cut from Kitchen Confidential?

TONY THE JUNKIE

Any additional comments?

YES, TONY. YOU HAVE A VERY DISTORTED VIEW OF SO MANY THINGS.....THE USA FOR ONE.

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Ok book but fun to hear Chef reading his own book.

Beginning was boring got exciting towarda 3/4 of book, but I'm still a fan of him.

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Wonderfully nostalgic.

I love this book. It takes me back to my days as a waitress and makes me want to dive back in, this time in the kitchen, legal career be damned.

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I do not want to be a chef

I've worked in the restaurant business for the majority of my life, rarely someplace upscale. But like Anthony there was a person early on in my career that made me a great server, and to this day I judge all servers by those standards, and still serve by them.

His descriptions of the kitchens and the people in them made me feel like I was there and when he describes them, they are spot on.

I enjoy his voice and hearing him read his own book. Great listen.