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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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Jun 07, 2008

really liked it

I read this book at the suggestion of my husband, who had worked for some time in restaurant kitchens. This was before I began watching either of Bourdain's two cable tv shows. His irreverent accounts of his chosen profession are tinged with a deeper sense of nostaliga, regret and acceptance. Something in his approach to life, in writing and on tv, is familiar and comforting (probably because I am also a New Jersey native). I have come to think of him almost as a lost cousin, and enjoy hearing his takes on food, chefs, travel, himself, and the absurdities of life.
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Ruth I enjoyed the original edition, too. Thanks to it I never order fish on a Tuesday. He's a bit of a smartass, but a fun smartass. Eating in a restaurant has become a different experience.

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