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Kitchen Confidential

By: Anthony Bourdain
Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
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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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Wow! Didn’t really want the book to end

In his own voice you can hear Anthony relate a hectic and whirlwind series of tales and experiences. Not surprise he was a giant in the kitchen, the restaurant trade, in front of the camera and all around the world. He was deeply loved by his inner circle and carried a legion of fans. “Icarus (Anthony Bourdain )did not fail to fly close to the sun, he did not fall from the sky, he had simply reached his pinnacle.”

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As a chef

As a chef, I’ve laughed, giggled, winched and revelled in the bare arse telling of a cooks life. The honesty, candour and humour of Anthony’s career are an absolute joy to listen to. Not sure anyone else could read Kitchen Confidential better, with his melodic beat style writing.
For those who haven’t worked in the industry, this will be a gaping eye opener to how the food gets to your plate, the relentless dedication, grit and gutter humour it takes so you can write a 5 star review…
The saying goes “we’re all human” not us kitchen mongers, “we’re all beasts”…

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Bourdain at his best.

Fantastic insight into the adventures of the culinary world. Great personal stories along with so advice worth taking from both and insider and outsider’s perspective.

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pure honesty

He is the man, an inspiration, long dead, living on in the dreams of dreamers.

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Funny and enjoyable

Easy to listen to, makes you laugh, entertaining, well written, funny, insight into a cook’s life

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Honest, enlightening, engrossing

I can’t get enough of Anthony’s tone of voice, humility and humour. This was such a great listen, rip to him

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Simply a must-read

Raw, unabashed brilliance. A voice of deep honesty portraying a lifetime of service in m an industry most would not handle on their best day.

The real winner here is the incredible and totally unique way Bourdain uses the gift of language to, bring on laughter, pain and every human emotion between. Rest in Peace Tony.

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Culinary Escapades

The life he led and shared with us is a medley of madness. It makes me appreciate how truly difficult it is to own / manage / work in the food industry.

Delving behind the curtains on the coat tails of his experiences had me enjoying every culinary story he had to share. it also had me craving French food.

Twas a very engaging book.

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The Best To Ever Do It

Bourdain hits the mark with a perfect balance within his writing and great conclusions to his chapters. What a ride. I didn’t want it to end. But alas, all good things must.
RIP Anthony, hope you’re kicking back and downing some red stripes, wherever you are.

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