5.0 out of 5 stars Unvarnished account of the life of a chef
I found this book to be well written, very entertaining and a very informative account of his motivation to become a chef, and of the day to day life of a professional chef.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Weltman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as I had been led to expect...
... but darned fine.
The first half of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential had me turning pages compulsively; I stayed up half the night reading half of it.
But the next night I found myself growing tired of his "oh-I'm-so-self-deprecating but here's how such a crazy man as me dealt with it" schtick. I just wish there had been a little more...
Published on June 8 2010 by Brian Macaskill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unvarnished account of the life of a chef,
This review is from: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Kindle Edition)I found this book to be well written, very entertaining and a very informative account of his motivation to become a chef, and of the day to day life of a professional chef.
5.0 out of 5 stars ahhhh Tony,
This review is from: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Audio CD)I am a classically trained chef myself and having read the book and nodding, laughing and reliving the anecdotes in my head, minus the hard drug use it could have been my life in the book... listening to the book in Tony's voice makes it more poignant. Cook Free or Die!
5.0 out of 5 stars Paired with Medium Raw, it's a great story,
This review is from: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Paperback)I read Kitchen Confidential a few years ago and recently re-read it just prior to reading Medium Raw. These two books paint a great picture of Anthony's life and the journey he has taken - I have both read and listened to them and I find the audio book wayyyyyy better - to hear him tell the story, I couldn't stop listening. Hilarious, great entertainment- all foodies and self-procliamed food nerds must read- though, I am sure you already have.
5.0 out of 5 stars great read,
This review is from: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Paperback)I love watching Bourdain's show. This book was a hilarious read, showcasing the behind the scenes world of 70's and 80's kitchens across new york. Bourdain has an easy to read style and you will laughing out loud throughout the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars The darker side of being a gifted Chef.,
This review is from: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Hardcover)The book was riotously funny! It did,however, have some dark undertones which I found somewhat disturbing. Bourdain is indeed a gifted writer in addition to being a great Chef. I read this book from cover to cover and plan on re-reading it in the future. Anyone considering a career in the kitchen, particularly if you live in New York City, should consider reading it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for aspiring chefs or former ones.,
This review is from: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Paperback)The book is just what it is, an insider's look at kitchen's and the people behind the food.
I was reading chapter after chapter saying to myself, "Yes, that really happens, it happened in a place I worked at!"
Anyone who wants to know the "real deal" in kitchens should read before venturing forth. Cooking is rewarding and brutal at the best of times. I watch his shows as well and glad he has kicked through the glass door. Its great for a few laughs for sure.
5.0 out of 5 stars IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST...,
This review is from: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Paperback)I totally loved this book! If one is a foodie, a gourmand, or lover of memoirs, one will thoroughly enjoy this rollicking, insider's account of the restaurant industry and how the author ended up as a highly respected chef who is a passionate about food.
This is a well-written, thoroughly enjoyable and informative book, replete with self-deprecating humor and any number of quirky and crude characters that can be found in the belly of the beast known as the restaurant industry. It is an eye-opening and engrossing book that will keep the reader riveted until the very last page is turned.
5.0 out of 5 stars mise en place!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dark Tale of Kitchen Life from the Inside,
Written as an expose of sorts, many of the things Bourdain covers will shock the casual diner reading his book, from staff parties afterhours with lines of coke all down the bar to the reasons not to ever order the seafood special or get your steak cooked well-done. Primarily, the book covers Tony's life as a chef, from his drug-filled college days to stints at what must seem half the restaurants in NYC to his getting his life back on track and his success at his current job--yet the book is not a biography (unless of the industry itself); it instead offers on-the-mark observations on personalities, the business of restaurants, and the trials of achieving one's dreams.
While the book's subject matter is in itself interesting, what really makes Bourdain's book excel is his writing style: harsh, frank, and unapologetic yet still paced well and very readable. His descriptions leap out like something from a hard-boiled detective novel and make for an easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, drugs, rock n' roll... and french cuisine, too!,
Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" is a salty, rambling, rambunctious love letter to the world of a professional chef and to the insane people who inhabit it, interspersed with some advice to the general public (such as why you should never order your steak well-done or a fish frittata, and how many knives you REALLY need to make all those hoity-toity dishes you see on TV). Bourdain gleefully jumps from describing his falling in love with french cuisine as a boy, to his experience as a junior "know-nothing" in Cape Cod, to what a typical day at Les Halles is, to a full-blown food and alcohol orgy in Japan, all at a pace that will leave you gasping for breath.
Not necessarily for the faint-hearted, but if you want to know what life is like behind your fancy dishes, this is a must-read.
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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain (Paperback - Jan. 1 2007)
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