Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony BourdainKitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

byAnthony Bourdain

Paperback | May 15, 2001

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After twenty-five years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain has decided to tell all. From his first oyster in the Gironde to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky-tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown; from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop the Rockefeller Center to drug dealers in the East Village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain's tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable, as shocking as they are funny.
Anthony Bourdain is the executive chef at brasserie Les Halles in New York. After two years at Vassar College, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He has since spent more than two decades working in professional kitchens. His memoir "Kitchen Confidential" (2001) was expanded from an article he'd written for "The...
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Title:Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary UnderbellyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1 pages, 7.77 × 5.06 × 0.79 inPublished:May 15, 2001Publisher:Bloomsbury Press AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0747553556

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book that started it all How life has changed for Anthony Bourdain since writing Kitchen Confidential! At the time, he was a working chef in New York City with some talent for writing. So he wrote about what he knew best: life as a chef, and all the characters around him, shining a light on the industry and giving regular folks an insider's view of what goes on in a professional kitchen. Bourdain pulls no punches when describing the profession that had, to that point, provided him with everything he had. Bourdain recounts his life to that point, using his personal experiences to guide the reader through the life of a chef. Each story is coloured by his narrative style – if you’ve watched any of his travelogue shows, well, the reader can practically hear his voice while turning page after page. The stories are at times hilarious, cringeworthy, and shocking, but they’re always earnest. The only beef that I had with the book is the time spent on characters on which I had no interest. Two whole chapters (one each) were spent on Bourdain’s two colleagues that I thought we could do without. They had already been woven into other stories elsewhere in the book, and what was so different about them that they needed their own chapter to describe them? When this book was released, Bourdain was worried that it would mean the end of him as a chef for giving out the dirty secrets of the restaurant world. In the end, he was right, but only because, due to the book’s success, he moved on to a bigger stage. That’s all the recommendation you need.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was okay I thought this book was good but just a little over-rated. But I think that's how I feel about Anthony Bourdain.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I read it while in vacation. Laugh many times. Your learn a lot about what it takes to be a leader. The important lesson I took from the book? I don't want to be a chef. Looking forward to Medium Raw.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enlightening. Pretty much solidifies the impression he creates for himself: that of a rock star chef. I'd have a beer PR rep with the man.
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must For Bourdain Fans, Food Servi Hysterical and tragic, informative and fun autobiography of an interesting fellow! I learned about the French approach and the inner workings of running a restaurant and how difficult it is to stay on top of it all. Plus, it's a fun read! I've been a fan of Bourdain's since No Reservations, and appreciate his world view and openness to new experiences.
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must For Bourdain Fans, Food Servi Anthony Bourdain's best book! Tells great behind-the-scene stories of being a chef in one of NYC's top restaurants. Read Anthony tell what shaped his views on food and restaurants that he used to propel him to a career of traveling and exploring the world's best food regions.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must For Bourdain Fans, Food Servi I really enjoyed this book. I now have most of his books. Anthony Bourdain know what he's doing.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book I enjoyed reading it very much and look forward to picking up more books by Anthony Bourdain. A note, however, to the publisher - you do this book a great disservice when you 'translate' it to an e-book format without having an editor skim it for spacing and formatting. When you allow a programme to do the translation, you inevitably end up with odd characters, - 'l's instead of exclamation marks, 'g's instead of cédilles. It's annoying not to mention lazy.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devoured this It took me a while to get through this, but I read it in chunks. Great writing, love Bourdain!
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hah! I haven't ordered eggs benedict from a restaurant since putting this book down! What goes on in those back kitchens of the fabulously frenetic chefs is a marvel to read... and it's made me think twice about ordering fish any day of the week than a Friday! Young Bourdain is fresh and hilarious ~ raunchy and honest. A good read.
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A cook's best friend Being a cook in a kitchen, many of my friends I work with have told me about this book. There was a tv show based on it but only aired for one season. It's a long and detailed journey through Anthony Bourdain's many years in kitchens. While very popular among fellow cooks, I don't know if this book would be such a hit among people who are not familiar with the restaurant business. However, those who are looking to join, should definately read this book to prepare themselves for what they will be getting into.
Date published: 2009-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good food is made with love. Great food... arrogan Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' is more about the man than 'the life', but it is still a great read. This re-invigoration of the foodie tell all made me laugh out loud so many times I lost count. He is so arrogant you can almost taste it. Well worth a read or re-read, this is just a fun title.
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Walk the walk...talk the talk... Tony Bourdain, a long time favourite of mine on TV (see "a Cook's Tour" - not so vain as to use "Chef" in the title) has proven to the masses that "the life", as he so appropriately calls it, is not for everyone. As a long time cookie, I can identify with the majority of the situations he has so delicately painted; and the ones I can't, I can certainly picture. To anyone who enjoys cooking, be you a part-time family chef, or an aspiring liner, I would reccomend this book more than a fat-doctor would reccomend cholesterol reduction. Read it - you will not have wasted time.
Date published: 2006-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating but repetitive Reading (or listening, as in my case, to the audio book) about Anthony recounting his personal growth from a kid fascinated by food to a well known chef is exciting to a foodie. However, the message (about his love for food and his love for using expletive) soon gets kind of old. The book, however, is still enjoyable since it's fast paced and full of strange tales.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitchen Confident This book is amazing. Bourdain' s style is out of this world- hella funny and entertaining. I recommend this book to anyone who is in need of a good read!
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from super fun quick read Who knew a world renowned chef like Anthony Bourdain could write as well as he cooks. Actually I don't know how well he cooks but I imagine he's pretty decent. I breezed through this book fairly quickly as it was so entertaining. I will forever remember his advice to NEVER have fish on Mondays. Bourdain writes honestly and manages to keep the reader laughing. Hope to visit him someday at Brasserie Les Halles in NYC so I can compliment him on his book ... and hopefully, his cooking.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect Tony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential is the PERFECT book, describing the true culinary world. As a culinary student, it showed me how anything can happen in this industry.
Date published: 2004-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bourdain Unplugged A terrific read for all foodies. Bourdain does a wonderful job of describing the realities of the restaurant industry. A must read for those contemplating a career move as a chef after watching Jamie Oliver or Christine Cushing.
Date published: 2004-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from laugh out loud! I don't think I've ever had so much fun reading a book. Mr. Bourdain is such a colourful writer...I just couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2003-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kitchen Confidential a terrific read This book was a terrific read, providing witty insight and knowledge about the logistics and goings ons in many a typical restaurant. As a restaurant owner myself, i recommend this book as a must read for all. Cheers. Jamieson
Date published: 2002-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read An excellent book. Entertaining and informative, some truly funny stories. Only down side is that he tends to run out of steam at the end. Last two chapters seem a bit forced and lack the high quality of the rest of the book. In spite of this you won't be disapointed.
Date published: 2002-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from kitchen confidential very funny....an excellent read and a very good insight into the restaurant business. highly recommended.
Date published: 2001-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Dish I wouldn't Make Again! I was looking forward to some exciting culinary stories from the kitchen. Boy was I dissappointed! What I got instead was the lament of a chef who gave up an ongoing culinary education for a life of sleaze and drugs. Extrememly depressing, especially if you were hoping to hone your interest in all things food. Didn't live up to the descriptions at all, give it a pass, as in fail!
Date published: 2001-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bon Appetite! An interesting glimpse into the culinary underworld. You may think twice now about going into a resaurant for a meal... VERY funny and actually chock full of tips for those interested in professional cooking AT HOME. This is not a chef you're likely to see have a show on the Food Network, but he is a very engaging author. Recommended.
Date published: 2000-08-16