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.