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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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Oct 24, 07

bookshelves: non-fiction, memoir, foodgloriousfood
Recommended for: anyone curious about what's happening behind that swinging door
Read in October, 2007

Part memoir, part exposé, and part history of the Manhattan restaurant scene in the 80's, this was one hell of a good read.

Bourdain's written voice is fabulous: he's that bad boy in a leather coat, smoking cigarettes and holding court after school. You want to hate him for being a cocky, smug bastard, but he knows he's a bastard, he admits he's an asshole, and he's just as quick to sneer at his own behavior as he is to sneer at everyone else's.

With every new show Food Network puts on the air, the life of the chef receives another layer of veneer, but it is, underneath, a filthy, brutal, and back-stabbing business. You need to be crazy to be an entrepreneur, but you have to insane to open a restaurant. There's no shortage of the insane in New York, and Bourdain's more than willing to dish the dirt.

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