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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, read by Anthony Bourdain.

After 25 years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', Chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain decided to tell all. From his first oyster in the Gironde to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky-tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown; from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop the 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, as shocking as they are funny.

©2000 Anthony Bourdain (P)2000 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A compelling book with its intriguing mix of clever writing and kitchen patois...more horrifically gripping than a Stephen King novel." (Sunday Times)

"Fantastic: as lip-smackingly seductive as a bowl of fat chips and pungent aioli." (Daily Telegraph

"Elizabeth David written by Quentin Tarantino." (A.A. Gill) 

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Perfection

I read this book many years ago and loved it.
But having it read by me Bourdain was a utter joy!

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  • Ant
  • 25-05-2021

Would probably be good for chefs

Was interesting to hear about his life. He lost me as he went down the rabbit hole of being in the kitchen and who was doing what. Not sure what I expected but still an interesting story

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chef 4 chefs

love it 2nd read ,just brilliant and true.All chefs miss this guy .
great book if your in or out of the industry

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Natural born storyteller

Anthony was a master at so many things professionally and personally...storytelling and writing among those things. A craftsman, a wordsmith and a great loss to humanity ❤

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listening with relish...

what a great guy! he explains the restaurant experience in great and enthusiastic detail with his classical drawl that made this book ever so more enjoyable. Great story, told authentically.

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absolute must for any aspiring cook I found myself unable put down please read if you have the same twisted delusions of grandeur as I do

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Highly recommend

Sometimes audiobooks aren’t a great medium for a written work. This is not the case with Kitchen Confidential. Bourdain is a lovely writer but something about his voice bringing this to life can’t be beat. The new york accent. The dry wit. Intelligent, opinionated, humble. I love this man. Rip

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I can hear him talking to me

I can perfectly picture every single one of his stories, since being a kid free in the French countryside to the busy and filthy underground bars in NY. The story of a life rich in anecdotes, lessons learnt and advice for the the ones to come.
We miss him so much that it was to some extend comforting to listen to him describe himself and the passion that he held for cooking.

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  • Lee
  • 20-01-2021

Great listen

I really enjoyed. Great that Anthony himself read the book.
The book is dark and gritty, like a Hunter S Thompson novel.

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Absolutely fantastic RIP Tony xo

Fascinating, shocking, heartbreaking, heartwarming.....are just some of the words that come to mind. Anthony is not just a chef, but an amazing story teller. I was captivated by every single chapter. For anyone who has ever eaten at a restaurant of any kind, this is for you. RIP big Mal Carne xx

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  • Khalil Ahmed
  • 28-03-2021

Tony is Brilliant

Amazing as always, anything by Tony is brilliant. Im grateful its read by him. RIP.

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  • Peter Brookes
  • 01-08-2020

Finished this book in 2 sittings.

I never would have expected this to be the most binge worthy book I've read. I could've listened 8 hours straight if I didn't have to charge my earphones and eat some lunch.
A wonderfully interesting insight in to the culinary world from a great man.
Rip Tony

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  • Alison
  • 13-08-2020

Kitchen Confidential

I’ve admired Tony Bourdain’s writing since KC first came out 20 odd years ago. I’ve listened and read everything he’s written (including his book on Typhoid Mary) and loved it all. His writing is elegant, witty and so so so descriptive. In KC his own weaknesses and personal integrity are described beautifully along with the life of a piratical vagabond outsider chef as he journeys through his chosen career. I’ve waited oh so patiently for the unabridged Audible version of KC to become available in the UK and have just gorged the whole book in one glorious self indulgent happy thankful session. It is truly brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2020

Brilliant in every way

Love this man and everything he stood for , exceptional human being with an amazing story to tell . The highs and lows of the restaurant game tied with the behind the scenes adventures and schemes. The genius of Anthony is on full display throughout and he will no doubt take you on a journey you won’t soon forget , I Can not recommend this book enough . 5/5
RIP Anthony bourdain

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  • warwick manning
  • 06-10-2020

R.I.P Thanks for the memories

A great book about cooking and very heart felt and honest memoir. I heard about Mr Bourdain after he died. Sounded like his life was going so well. these kinds of deaths always leave me wondering what the truth is. This book is one of those that made me feel like I walked a mile in his shoes, and I'm definitely the richer for his experiences and commentaries. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-2020

Great listen

I've always wanted to read this book so delighted when I saw it available on Audible. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain himself which made the experience even better. Really good story and a simple must for a foodie.

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  • Neil Simpson
  • 05-11-2020

wish it was 5 times as long

loved this...didnt want it to end. funny, direct and utterly charming, I couldn't stop listening

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  • Serban Eremia
  • 19-09-2020

A glimpse behind the vale

Any chef listening to this must be getting flashbacks from their own life and anyone else gets a taste of what it's trully like behind their exquisite meals.

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  • Joe Fitzpatrick
  • 12-07-2020

Amazing tales.

Incredible stories throughout a crazy career path. Bourdain writes beautifully, and offers a stunning insight into the industry, what good food means, and how it all works.

Highly recommended, even if you’re not a foodie.

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  • Jack Richards
  • 26-06-2020

Superb

an incredible insight into hospitality in the 90's. the fact it is read by Bourdain himself makes it even more special.

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  • D. Foskin
  • 10-05-2020

Genius

The book that started a revolution. I own multiple copies of this book, now along with this fantastic audiobook, narrated by the man himself.

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