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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain A book review

Updated on February 13, 2013

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...   


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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks for taking a look and for commenting awsydney.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • awsydney profile image


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hah!. I read this book and sometimes wonder if some of the stories in there are for real?! Thanks for this review.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I actually started to seek out his shows, which I never did before. And you're right CGull, he does respect other cultures. For the book like I said it's an eye-opener. Hope you get to read it sometime.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • cgull8m profile image


      10 years ago from North Carolina

      I love his shows mainly the cultural aspects which is very interesting. He has his own style but shows respect for all other cultures and tries to enjoy food. I would love to read this book sometimes.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks Bob! I only kept at it because my daughter made me...(not really) I was nosey I guess. But most of all I couldn't find anything else to read at the time.I'm always hunting for new reading material.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Bob Ewing 

      11 years ago from New Brunswick

      You have more persistence than i do when it comes to books, if the story has not grabbed me in the first 5-10 pages i put it down and do not go back.


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