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A celebrity with a high-profile position as executive chef at New York bistro Les Halles, and bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour, Bourdain doesn't intend to break new ground. The dishes do exactly as the subtitle notes and include such solid classic fare as Onion Soup Les Halles, Steak au Poivre, Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au Vin and Chocolate Mousse. Nearly all recipes are within reach of competent home cooks, and those that are more complicated or time-consuming—Bouillabaisse, Cassoulet and Roulade of Wild Pheasant—are thoroughly spelled out to calm most jitters. Foie gras, duck fat and dark veal stock are frequent components, but a list of suppliers makes just about every ingredient available. Even though many of the dishes can be found in other cookbooks, what sets this one apart is Bourdain's signature wise-ass attitude that pervades nearly every recipe, explanatory note and chapter introduction. Profanity adds frequent color. If Aunt Doris would blanche at pearl onions being called "little fuckers," a cook who prefers boneless meat in Daube Provençal a "poor deluded bastard," or a person nervous about making these recipes a "dipshit," this book is not for her. Photos.
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'In a style partaking of Hunter S. Thompson, Iggy Pop and a little Jonathan Swift, Bourdain gleefully rips through the scenery to reveal private backstage horrors the guy is hysterical.' New York Times Book Review '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' Daily Mail 'How very different from our own dear Delia.' Mail on Sunday 'Voracious, visceral, obsessed and orally fixated, Bourdain writes like a sardonic, articulate demon. He talks like a blend of Scorsese and Tarantino and dishes the dirt on the restaurant trade with scurrilous flair' Big Issue --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Exactly what you'd expect an Anthony Bourdain cookbook to be. Great recipes and a great read.Published 11 months ago by Fablexus
I must admit I enjoyed his written comments more than the recipes. I guess I expected more of them, though to be fair the ones included are easy to follow and delicious.Published 12 months ago by sari forney
Good recipes, good photos. Did not much appreciate the writing which was supposed to be funny, and wasn't.Published 12 months ago by Anne C Slayter
really enjoying it, some great recipes, like being at the bistro in real time!Published 13 months ago by steven Toth
After watching Anna and Kristine review this book for their cooking show, I decided that it would be worth the buy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Maureen Murphy
Love this book! Tony's writing style is right up my alley and the recipes and especially the tips in this book is fantastic! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Didn't meet my expectations. Bourdain is entertaining on television but his style doesn't translate well to print. Gets old pretty quickly.Published 19 months ago by chameleon