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.