Even though I'm 12 years behind in reading this, I think it's still relevant, perhaps even more so what with the continuing popularity of celebrity chEven though I'm 12 years behind in reading this, I think it's still relevant, perhaps even more so what with the continuing popularity of celebrity chefs and "rock star" cooking.
Kitchen Confidential was raucously entertaining. Bourdain's youthful misadventures, professional intrigues and dabauchery and ultimate success in the industry makes for compelling reading. From the moment he ate that first oyster to gorging himself at a hidden sushi restaurant in Tokyo his love of food is nothing if not evident. Equally evident is his love of excess, from drugs to drinking to eating to his passion in the kitchen. The man lives and breathes food and cooking. It's great to see that passion on the page and I have no doubt it shows through in his food.
As an insider's look into what really goes on beyond the dining room, I found the book really intriguing. From something as simple as avoiding Sunday brunch specials (read: all the leftover shit that didn't get sold or used is your brunch "special") to never ordering seafood on a Monday (it's probably been sitting around since last Thursday), it's a really eye opening book. Of course we've all heard stories and rumours about what goes on in restaurant kitchens, but Bourdain speaks with knowledge and authority on what really goes on. From drug use to drinking to fucking in the back on a bag of potatoes, after reading this book I wouldn't be surprised about anything that goes on back there.
All in all, Kitchen Confidential is just a straight up entertaining book. If you like cooking, if you have interest in the celebrity chef phenomenon there's probably something for you in this book. Bourdain's writing crackles along nicely and there's nary a dead spot in the book. Definitely worth the read and I'm looking forward to moving on to Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook next....more