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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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Aug 13, 2008

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bookshelves: bangor-public-library, food, biography-and-memoir

Really cocky people tend to both fascinate and frighten me, in both cases because I absolutely cannot, for even a second, relate to their train of thought. The idea of a person not only believing in themselves but actually behaving as though they are the bravest and most capable guy in the room, to the point where they stand up for themselves and reach lofty goals through bullheaded persistence alone, is not a thing I can easily process. If I met Anthony Bourdain, (whose last name does not currently appear on this review page and as such I cannot/am unwilling to go look at the book itself or access the Travel Network webpage to verify my hopefully correct attempt to spell it from memory), I would be torn between following him around like a puppy and fleeing in terror, crying and wailing "PLEASE DON'T MAKE FUN OF ME FOR NOT TRYING IN MY LIFE!".

His show makes me too uncomfortable (I prefer the bald guy who eats fried spider dink sandwiches, washing it down with a refreshing smoothie of blended dog faces), but in book format his way with a seamy anecdote and infectious love of food make this a quick and fun read, despite his constant need to reassure the reader that he is incredibly cool, tough, punk, and all that.
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RandomAnthony Good review...I can see both sides here. This season's show, by the way, seems to indicate Mr. B. is running out steam, and it's almost like he knows...

Christine Good review. I am listening to the audio book, read by the author, and am having very similar feelings to you.

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