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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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Jul 14, 10

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Read in July, 2010

I don't know how or why I went this long before finally reading Anthony Bourdain's book about being a cook and a chef and how he got involved with food. I watch his TV show from time to time and love it when he guest-judges on Top Chef so it's fine time I read it.

It's very entertaining and kind of a non-food food book in a way as Bourdain goes off on tangents from time to time and discusses a lot of his untraditional background with food, rowdy days and crazy kitchens. Bourdain tends to go for the overkill as a writer--he's not subtle--and that can get a bit old. Descriptions that are working so hard to entertain can be just as tiring for the reader as it is for the writer when these passages become labored. That happens some in Kitchen Confidential. It's still an entertaining book, hence the four stars.

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