Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisineâ��now with all-new, never-before-published material.
I remember first discovering Anthony Bourdain on the Food Network many years ago. It was 3am and I was unable to sleep and here was this brooding, hot piece of ass chain smoking and touring Russia.
I never remembered his name but he haunted my dreams until I re-discovered him years later on the Travel Channel show, No Reservations.
In Kitchen Confidential, he is able to translate his sultry self onto paper.
But he is not just a piece of mea...more
Bourdain definitely crushes all preconceived notions we might have about the industry. You remember those foul-mouthed, unkempt, ever-fired-and-hired kitchen workers with shifty pasts you've come across at some points in your life? I th...more
So, I've finished reading Anthony Bourdain's book Kitchen Confidential, which is basically about all the craziness that goes on behind the scenes in the restaurant world. As I started reading the book, I thought I'd be of one of two minds by the end: either I'd never want to eat out again, or I'd want to chuck the teaching...more
Kitchen Confidential was an entertaining read. The main reason why I couldn't swing a 4 is only because I think I'd expected there to be more "trade secrets" about the restaurant industry than there really were. I'd half ex...more
Unless you're one of us already, you'll probably never cook like a professional.
Why, you might wonder? Because the home chef may not have the right t...more
Kitchen Confidential is part memoir, part how-to, and mostly about sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. It's basically a history of Anthony's obsession with food and drugs from his days as a young boy, until he...more
I'm left thinking about a few things. I'm pissed off at yet another profession women are not attracted to because they can't put up with the environment and juvenile behavior of a kitchen. I call bullshit on that. I also wonder why he left off the delivery guys in his description of the different p...more
If I liked Anthony Bourdain would I have liked this book more?
Hard to say, but I think the answer to the first question might be "Maybe, but doubtful" and the answer to the second question is, "Probably not".
I thought the beginning of Kitchen Confidential was interesting but I don't need anyone advising me not to eat in restaurants with dirty bathrooms or to treat servers with respect. It was this blow-the-lid-off-the-resta...more
BUT there were also a few annoying things that technically *were* problems in the actual book--phrases like "the mental rolodex he kept in his head" made me wonder if they even let an editor near this manuscript. It's clearly a set of e...more
Bourdain pulls no punches in describing the actual work that goes into running or working in a professional kitchen. Just reading it will make you feel overwhelmed. The "A Day In The Life" cha...more
Also, this is a pretty go...more
If you've ever watched No Reservations, Bourdain's show about criss-crossing the world in search of adventures, culinary and otherwise, you likely have an opinion about him, one way or another. I've always found him to be cynical, gritty and a bit crude, arrogant and puffy, and vastly knowledgable and enthusiastic about food. In other words, a pretty typical career chef!
Reading his memoir/rant on his life, relationship with food and the "culinary underbelly," opened my eyes...more
I picked up this book for my Kindle because I like food, I like nice restaurants, I like gossip and it was cheap. Starting with such nonexistent expectations, I was pleased to find I enjoyed this book very much.
Bourdain is a hard-drinking, swearing, narcissistic bastard of a chef. Someone...more
But our author lost me in the last hundred pages. I honestly got a little tired of Tony as his...more
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His work has appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker, and he is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He is the host of the popular television show No Reservations.