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Jacob’s review of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
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Apr 26, 2008 05:00PM
I really like Anthony Bourdain. I haven't read this book (though I can't wait too) but I love his show. Yes, he does sometimes look down his nose at people, but most of his contempt is reserved for phony tourist traps that are run by people who care more about making a quick buck than about quality. When he is with people who are passionate about their food and their culture, he seems very respectful, even when they are serving him something that looks revolting. I agree that he can come off like a jerk at first, but he really grows on you.
Jun 08, 2010 11:57PM
Yes, Jacob's comment really resonated with me. The first time I read this book I couldn't stand reading more than a few lines and put it aside.
Similarly, I didn't really get into his show compared to some of the others on the Food Network - this was before he found a new home on the Travel Channel..
Maybe it's that in-your-face New York attitude I ran away from (grew up on East Coast myself, now live here in CA) ..maybe it's just that arrogance is a real turnoff for me..
In any case, I started to watch his shows more and and more until I found myself caring what he had to say. Over time he became someone whose opinions I valued and even found refreshing.
What I thought to be his arrogance turned out to be a disdain for pretension. What I thought to be naked sarcasm turned out to be a sense of humor under pressure.
In short I finally looked beneath the surface - something I usually think others don't do enough.
May 11, 2014 01:51PM
May 01, 2015 08:22PM
greaf book well said
Sep 26, 2015 08:46AM
The audiobook narrated by Bourdain himself conveys every bit of his wry, sardonic humor as his TV show narrations do. I highly recommend the audiobook!
Feb 16, 2017 07:50PM
He is part French, of course he does :) He is awesome, true, raw and real. And knows his stuff. Love him.
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