Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

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15 Critic Reviews

Bourdain is just as likely to tantalize with his descriptions of food as disgust with his descriptions of the people and actions swirling around it, the activities disgusting yet somehow funny at the same time.
-AV Club

Synopsis

Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine."
Last summer, The New Yorker published Chef Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Bourdain spared no one's appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain's first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop 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. Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You'll beg the chef for more, please.
 

About Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain is the author of Medium Raw, A Cook's Tour, Kitchen Confidential, and the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, and is the host of the popular television show No Reservations. He lives in New York City.
 
Published December 10, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Cooking, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Jay Rayner on Aug 13 2008

There are very few books which all professional cooks should read but this is one.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Peter Kingston on Jan 25 2008

He didn't invent the laughing-and-barfing genre, but it's a dish he does exquisitely.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Redford on Jan 12 2008

The fierce energy of this exposé is heightened by Bourdain's cracking New York delivery.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 22 2008

He'd probably hate to hear it, but Bourdain has a tender side, and when it peeks through his rough exterior and the wall of four-letter words he constructs, it elevates this book to something more than blustery memoir.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by James O'Neil on Aug 29 2009

...as effortless with the signature conversational narrational quality that he is known for in his TV show. Order up.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by bookofjoe on Sep 16 2008

You will never approach dining out the same way after reading this book!

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Patfish on Aug 04 2008

This reader...totally enjoyed the behind the scenes account of what really goes on in the famous kitchens of the world.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Joshua Klein on Mar 29 2008

Bourdain is just as likely to tantalize with his descriptions of food as disgust with his descriptions of the people and actions swirling around it, the activities disgusting yet somehow funny at the same time.

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandy Coleman on Mar 18 2014

He segues into a variety of stints cooking in Provincetown and his time at the Culinary Institute of America, but most of the story centers around his 20-plus years working in New York restaurants. This is where the book really shines.

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About.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Flanagan on Feb 06 2013

Kitchen Confidential will be one of the fastest and sharpest works of memoir that you'll ever have the pleasure of digesting.

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Chamber Four

Good
Reviewed by Arthur McCulloch on Apr 04 2011

Often unflinching and in your face...A thrill seeker, a sensualist, he exposes the seedy side of the restaurant business in a way that is truly captivating.

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The New Zealand Herald

Good
Reviewed by Gilbert Wong on Feb 06 2013

This is about food and restaurants from the frontline and the joy of this prose is that behind every horror story is Bourdain's love of food.

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BookRack

Above average
on Nov 04 2011

All in all, a good book...

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Helium

Excellent
Reviewed by Shelly Barclay on Nov 13 2010

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is an unforgiving look at the restaurant industry...This book is brutal, it is alarming, but most of all, it is beautiful and honest.

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Helium

Excellent
Reviewed by Fiona Thompson on Jan 26 2008

The language is sharp and street, easy to read and perfect for the telling of this particular set of tales.

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