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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.

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2000 Anthony Bourdain
(P)2000 Random House, Inc.

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Missing the last minutes of a number of chapters

I absolutely loved the story, Anthony Bourdain did wonders to draw me into his coke-fuelled rise to the top. But I cannot bring myself to give it any more than 2 stars considering my immersion was ripped away on a number of occasions when my audiobook would truncate the end of a number of chapters in a relatively short audiobook. I thought maybe the download was corrupted but nope, even redownloading the entire book didn't help. Oh well.

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Brilliant and entertaining for food lovers

Narration by Bourdain himself makes all the difference. His distinctive voice from TV adds so much authenticity to the stories he tells.

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Witty, a wealth of knowledge, & a punk rock edge.

This book is well written detailing personal stories, influences, and the rough life of being a kitchen rat.
Anthony Bourdain does not sugar coat his experiences, as he speaks about the good times of discovering new cuisine for the first time, and the camaraderie he's had with kitchen mates through the years. Bourdain unabashedly goes into the dark times of drug addiction, and going down the path of loneliness.

My favorites is the overall tone of the book, and the speaking off the cuff. It reminds me of a recent day variation of words that would be reminiscent of a punk rock inspired Jack Kerouac.

There are a few lulls at times when it seems that he is trying to fill space but he quickly makes up for it with a good story, or a cooking technique that draws you in.

The only regret is that the book finally ends. I need more!

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If you're reading the reviews just get the book

As shocking and raw as you might expect. Uncomfortable at times, at times funny, sometimes tragic, it all adds up to something good.

The perspective of the narrative does wander. Sometimes a diary, sometimes mentorship to young cooks, sometimes education to budding gastronomes. But if you set that all aside it all somehow blends into a wonderful narrative.

It's good and the book is popular for a reason.

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Spoilt by poor production

Although the content is really interesting this performance is spoilt by poor production. Anthony Bourdain sounds bored most of the time, not animated like he is on his shows. The audio quality is variable and there are some of the worst edits I've ever heard that clash words and have different levels.

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Illuminating, Educational, and Highly Entertaining

Really fantastic. This book started AB's literary and TV career, and it didn't disappoint.

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So good

I could listen to Tony read a phone book. There needs to be more books read by the author on audible.

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Honest, entertaining and educational

Tony delivers humor and experience in this non stop journey of epic kitchen stories and insight.good. Good good good . Good.

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Incredible. A must read for hospitality workers!

One of funniest books I've come across. You can feel the kitchen come to life. It is a dark, gritty, no BS reflection on how the food industry operates. It makes you love and hate food. A great read that have you laughing, and leave you wondering if you want to pound cheap beer or drink French wine while reading it.

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Real & Funny

Good story, I've lived a little of it & agree w/much of his analysis. Author gave the story a great voice.

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