"A New York restaurant veteran takes a cup of Down and Out, adds a dash of Fear and Loathing, and whips up a gonzo memoir of what's really going on behind those swinging doors."--Newsweek The mega-bestselling classic, Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential is available in a new pocket-sized Insider's Edition. Bourdain's deliciously funny, ...
"A New York restaurant veteran takes a cup of Down and Out, adds a dash of Fear and Loathing, and whips up a gonzo memoir of what's really going on behind those swinging doors."--Newsweek The mega-bestselling classic, Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential is available in a new pocket-sized Insider's Edition. Bourdain's deliciously funny, delectably shocking, wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade are now hand-annotated throughout by the author himself, with Bourdain's updated insights and commentary--and a new Afterword about the radically changing food and restaurant industry a decade after the book's original publication. The drugs, sex, and haute cuisine are still here, but given a fresh new perspective from the bona fide super-celebrity chef, star of TV's No Reservations, and bestselling author of Medium Raw, Bone in the Throat, Gone Bamboo, and A Cook's Tour. No matter if it's your first time in Tony's Kitchen or if you've experienced the heat before, this sensational Insider's Edition is a treat worth savoring!
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I actually disliked the book ,Kitchen Confidential including the author .
The other book is very interesting .Will prepare some dishes from there.RS
Dec 8, 2011
sums up the ups & downs of a "FANTASTIC" profession!!!!!!!!
best job on earth!!!!
Feb 17, 2011
The Real Deal
I am a lifetime restaurant Chef who bought this book for my new fiancee, because I felt it was only fair for her to know what the seamy underside of the restaurant business is all about.
Additionally, this book pulls no punches in accurately describing the lifestyle (or at least the one at the time) of a cook becoming a chef.
I felt as if Anthony Bourdain had told my life story when I first read this, except he is an East Coaster and I am from California. This book is as real as it gets and I highly recommend it for anyone going into the business, anyone who knows someone in the business or anyone who wants to know where their food comes from.
May 21, 2009
Couldn't Put It Down!
A fascinating tour through the world of professional cooking and "chefdom". Whether on TV or as a writer Anthony Bourdain is entertaining and also enlightens. I'll bet he's a great cook, too.
Jan 11, 2009
the gritty truth about your chef
Gritty and raw--definitely not for the fainthearted or prissy. An insider's look at a unique subset of American culture--the kithchen staff. After reading this I will SOO appreciate the work that has gone into preparing my meals (especially in those restaurants that don't have standardized menus across the nation). I haven't caught Bourdain's show but I enjoyed his writing style although it got to have that "same ol', same ol'" feel after a while (hence, only a 4 star review). I have to confess, I didn't read the last 20 pages or so before whipping out this review but feel I still have a good feeling for the book. I highly recommend it for all you foodies out there or for anyone who is interested in becoming a chef or going into the restaurant business.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-04-24 Chef at New York's Les Halles and author of Bone in the Throat, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business. His fast-lane personality and glee in recounting sophomoric kitchen pranks might be unbearable were it not for two things: Bourdain is as unsparingly acerbic with himself as he is with others, and he exhibits a sincere and profound love of good food. The latter was born on a family trip to France when young Bourdain tasted his first oyster, and his love has only grown since. He has attended culinary school, fallen prey to a drug habit and even established a restaurant in Tokyo, discovering along the way that the crazy, dirty, sometimes frightening world of the restaurant kitchen sustains him. Bourdain is no presentable TV version of a chef; he talks tough and dirty. His advice to aspiring chefs: "Show up at work on time six months in a row and we'll talk about red curry paste and lemon grass. Until then, I have four words for you: `Shut the fuck up.' " He disdains vegetarians, warns against ordering food well done and cautions that restaurant brunches are a crapshoot. Gossipy chapters discuss the many restaurants where Bourdain has worked, while a single chapter on how to cook like a professional at home exhorts readers to buy a few simple gadgets, such as a metal ring for tall food. Most of the book, however, deals with Bourdain's own maturation as a chef, and the culmination, a litany describing the many scars and oddities that he has developed on his hands, is surprisingly beautiful. 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. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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