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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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Anthony Bourdain

8 Hours 20 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

February 2001

Audio Book Summary

When Chef Anthony Bourdain wrote "Don't Eat Before You Read This" in The New Yorker, he spared no one's appetite, revealing what goes on behind the kitchen door. In Kitchen Confidential, he expanded the appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet that lays out his twenty-five years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.

From his first oyster in Gironda to the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, from the restaurants of Tokyo to the drug dealers of the East Village, from the mobsters to the rats, Bourdain's brilliantly written and wonderfully read, wild-but-true tales make the belly ache with laughter.

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  • White&Gold

    Don't "read" this book expecting detailed recipes or a "how to" on owning your own restaurant. Bourdain's book was a great one to listen to, the narrator was very playful, and the content of Bourdain's life in the restaurant industry very entertaining. I highly suggest this (mostly) non-fiction as an "off the beaten path" book, full of great stories, a few insightful know-hows, and just enough vulgarity to make you really feel this Chef's "no-bull" mantra.

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  • David D.

    This was a very realistic look at how many kitchens are behind the scenes, for all its glory and hardships. This was my first Anthony Bourdain book and I will have to read the others. He narrates the book perfectly, he gives you little tastes of what it feels like to be in a big time kitchen and really shows his love of food.

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  • Stephanie Howland

    I love this book, and Anthony Bourdain. His narration was great, and over all a great entertaining book that helped pass the time during a road trip. I highly recommend to any fellow foodie out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Totally entertaining. Anthony Bourdain does a great job of narrarating and he had me laughing frequently. Enjoyable even for a reader who isn't interested in the culinary world.

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  • Pete Wright

    I personally thought this was a great book to listen to. I think the author did a wonderful job telling of his experience in the restaurant industry, and I think he made a great reader of the book. I'm glad it wasn't someone else. Sure the content can be coarse, but read the jacket, how can you not expect that going into it? I found myself driving with barely surprised laughter more than a few times, and I haven't listened to much that got that much out of me yet. I will now likely try his other audio book that is available.

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  • Anonymous

    As others (and the description) mention, the author's language and subject matter can be rather raw and coarse. Still, I found this entertaining and interesting (it's clear that Bourdain's experiences are specific to him- give him credit for mentioning this a number of times). The descriptions of dishes, cooking techniques are elightening for a novice foodie like myself. This book convinced me to keep cooking a hobby - but I'm a bit more educated, and won't ever view a meal out in quite the same way! (Avoiding fish on Sunday, particularly the mixed seafood anything on a brunch menu!) All in all, an entertaining listen.

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  • Catherine C.

    I appreciated his honesty, but he eliminated my agency as a person who is a vegetarian - and he sadly excluded me from eager inclusion in his magical story.

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  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed this frank and realistic look a the inside of the kitchen of some very good (and some not so good) New York restaurants. His writing is vivid and colorful, so that you feel like you're right there with him. However, note that if you object to bad language, you won't be happy with this book!

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  • Anonymous

    The first couple CD's were interesting, but I lost interest and couldn't finish. If you love fancy foods, you might be more interested than me.

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  • Alaynè

    I am not a chef. As a matter of fact, I don't even use my stove at home. Nonetheless, I am loving this title by Anthony Bourdain. Each time I get in the car and listen to him talk about his many (mis)adventures in cooking, I find myself either laughing out loud or cringing at the thought at the next inevitable meal I will have at a local restaurant.

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