Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential

Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Downloadable Audiobook - 2000
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When Chef Anthony Bourdain wrote "Don't Eat Before You Read This" in The New Yorker, he spared no one's appetite, revealing what goes on behind the kitchen door. In Kitchen Confidential , he expanded the appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet that lays out his twenty-five years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.

From his first oyster in Gironda to the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, from the restaurants of Tokyo to the drug dealers of the East Village, from the mobsters to the rats, Bourdain's brilliantly written and wonderfully read, wild-but-true tales make the belly ache with laughter.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], 2000
ISBN: 9780307933386
Characteristics: audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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A classic defining book of the cooking tell-all genre penned by the restaurant business’ bad boy darling Anthony Bourdain. Exposes diners to what really goes on in the kitchens of restaurants. The book’s main strength is the voice of Bourdain, which is palpable, and the fact that it is extremely... Read More »

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Oct 27, 2020

An enjoyable read, it started losing me towards the end when he was going on about operating his restaurant but other than that lots of great stories of restaurant work! He has a way of speaking that to me finds the highest brow snob and lowest commoner in me simultaneously.

This is pre shows on television so a little less refined than the man you saw on there, still same guy though lol

Jul 26, 2020

Only about a month ago, he would have turned 64. This is the book that kicked off his career as just the best and most interesting guide to behind the scenes of the culinary world, and the world at large. Plus, he's not just relying on material-he's also a really good writer.

Nov 09, 2019

"Fear and Loathing in Restaurants." RIP man.

Nov 07, 2019

As a Bourdain fan by way of his TV work, this book was a very interesting introduction to his pre-TV persona. Whereas he comes off as culturally in-tune and sensitive on TV, while still masculine and a little gruff, the voice in this book is crass, unforgiving, and that bit of pompous that is part-and-parcel with the world Bourdain describes. (The jokes are always at others' expense in the world of cooking. Self-deprecation won't get you far, as your fellow cooks got you covered in that.)

The material here is very in-depth (no way did I pick up on every cultural / culinary reference he made) and a Hunter S. Thompson in-the-kitchen gonzo sort of entertaining. The man lived a life. And he knows (and knows how to paint with his words) some wild characters.

This book was a very fun ride.

Oct 18, 2019

okay...sometimes entertaining, but he complained a lot.

JCLMattC Aug 28, 2019

Yes this is crass and a little on the vulgar side - I personally didn't find it that offensive - but it's also passionate! I was swept away by the dedication that these rough-and-tumble characters have to their craft, the language of their world and the beauty that comes from it.

Apr 10, 2019

I do not work in the restaurant business, but this book from a civilian viewpoint was amazing and insightful into the world of professional culinary arts and business.

Mar 08, 2019

Read this when it first came out and I was working for an executive chef. Wildly entertaining. Fun, fast read and pretty much on point. Highly recommend.

Feb 16, 2019

I bought this book in 2000, because of working in the restaurant business and fiancé of he owner of a restaurant.

Jan 15, 2019

I nodded at all the politically incorrect shenanigans in cooking school & restaurants I used to work.
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"Garlic is divine. Few food items can taste so many distinct ways, handled correctly. Misuse of garlic is a crime...Please, treat your garlic with respect...Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic."
— Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly)


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