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Kitchen Confidental by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential byAnthony Bourdain ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s surprising that I have never read this book. I’m a big fan of Anthony Bourdain’s travel and foodie shows. I like his take no prisoners attitude, even though you can see he has a soft heart.

But for whatever reason I had not read this book, THE book that really launched him. So finally I did. I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it.

I’ve¬†read at least three books by Ruth Richle, former New York Times food critic and editor of Gourmet Magazine (among many other things) and I enjoyed her stories more. Much of Kitchen Confidential seemed a bit over the top, and yet Bourdain is writing from experience, and there is no doubt he has led a rough and somewhat crazed life – a bit over the top.

The real story I think is about survival. Bourdain is a survivor. Luckily for all of us.

Perhaps Bourdain’s more recent books show his more mature side- rightly so. His television work has also matured and he probably cringes a bit at some of the stories he tells in Kitchen Confidential.

So if you haven’t read it – it’s worth a read, and like Bourdain you’ll find it a bit rough, fowl and full of ¬†piss and vinegar.

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  • Reply Nancy Rimel

    Kathleen Flynn (The Shaper The Knife the Less you Cry) has another book out about teaching completely NON CHEFS how to cook from scratch. It is a good read.Based in Seattle where she lives part time. Interesting.

    June 21, 2017 at 11:42 pm
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