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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain A book review
Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.
Kitchen Confidential is one of the books my daughters college professors suggested as a good read. She really loved it and wanted me to read it too. I had seen Anthony Bourdain on a couple of TV shows, where I thought he was quite conceited and arrogant. I really wasn't too sure I wanted to read his book. My daughter nagged me into it. Chapter one ...nah not for me. Chapter two...not so bad. Chapter three...this book might have potential. Chapter four...hey, this is getting better. Chapter...on and on...a very good book. I've changed my mind about Anthony Bourdain totally.
Kitchen Confidential is not newly published, it's been out since 2000 and surprisingly is really an entertaining good read. It is Anthony Bourdain's, the chef and novelist's tales of the kitchen. A span of twenty-five years worth of passionately, unpredictable, shocking yet funny tales about bad behavior, drugs, and sex. It covers his courier from dishwasher to top chef.
The Daily Mail wrote this about the book: "Bawdy, bolshie and bursting with energy, celebrity chef Bourdain throws open the doors of every kitchen he's ever worked in to leave the reader peering nervously in through clouds of steam."
"Fantastic: as lip-smackingly seductive as a bowl of fat chips and pungent aioli" Daily Telegraph
This is not the type of book I usually consider reading. I found it quite fun and entertaining. I'm glad my daughter coerced me into reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidental because it would have been a shame to have missed out on a good book. I since have become an avid Anthony Bourdain fan and go out of my way to be able to watch all of his shows, even in re-run on the food channel. I now find he is not only charming but also very down to earth and has a great sense of humor. I also enjoy watching his shows about the foods and customs of other nations and cultures on TV as he really doesn't seem to look down on even the poorest. Liking him does not mean however that I look at a restaurant kitchen with the same eyes as before. The book really is fun to read and an eye-opener so make sure you take the time and read it...
I since have acquired all of his other books and am getting ready to start into them too...I'll let you know about the rest as soon as I'm done.
I'm in my comfy chair, my feet are up, the reading light is on and I have a snifter of 20 year old Brandy breathing sitting on the side table...I'm ready to read the first on my list Anthony Bourdain's The Nasty Bits...