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A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

Bourdain, Anthony

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood, Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062009036
Branch Call Number: B-Bo666m 2010
Characteristics: xviii, 281 p. ;,24 cm


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Jun 06, 2014
  • oldhag rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A little food, many sexual metaphors, and a lot of profanity. Amusing, but not worth buying.

Jun 04, 2014
  • markjpena31 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book

May 28, 2014
  • KingKull2112 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bourdain does it again. Writing more about the food industry and his enemies at the Food Network, he shines light on places where the sun don't shine and gets paid doing it. And we love it the entire time.

Sep 04, 2012
  • jvanhoy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bourdain is always entertaining. I appreciate his brutal honesty, regardless of how beloved his targets might be. And he is never more honest than when he talks about himself. Fun stuff. And it makes you wish you could live a life of leisure.

Jul 26, 2012
  • bexrecca rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is classic Bourdain. If you loved Kitchen Confidential and can't get enough of his show No Reservations, this is the book for you. He's brutally honest about everything from his addiction to cocaine and heroin to what is and isn't wrong at the Food Network and even his former opinions. A fast read, perfect for summer and all foodies.

Jun 21, 2012
  • VRMurphy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Classic Bourdain, and a follow-up (in a way) to "Kitchen Confidential".

Nov 04, 2011
  • roadshowrigoletto rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Worth the read. Entertaining. His critique of something so popular as the Food Network is spot-on. An enterprise less interested in food I can't imagine. They peddle celebrity. A sort-of 'low rent' celebrity, too.

Jun 21, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I've not seen much of Anthony Bourdain on TV but I enjoy his style of writing, so although a lot of what he's talking about is outside my realm of experience, I enjoy how opinionated he is and his colorful way of expressing said opinions! While most of this book felt like a rant, its well written, easy to read, and entertaining!

Feb 07, 2011
  • alitat77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you are offended by strong language or annoyed by long overly descriptive passages... this may not be the book for you. If you were expecting Kitchen Confidential... this may not be the book for you. If you watch Anthony Bourdain's tv shows and don't really cook or take much interest in foodie things... this also, you guessed it, might not be the book for you.

But then again, you should give it a chance and try it.

I find Anthony's writing to be refreshing, brave, and sound much like how he speaks. I do get a bit lost in some areas, like when he goes on and on describing (comic book style) an imagined scene of his wife pulling out her martial arts skills on Sandra Lee.

I like his description about WHY he dislikes the Food Network. I couldn't agree more and, perhaps because I was on his wave length, tended to not along with other portions of the book as well.

An easy read. Worth checking out, but not worth buying... IMHO, a book this easy/quick to read is a waste of good book store funds! Better to check it out and then pass it on to the next person waiting in the wings.

Jan 25, 2011
  • TheSponge rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Definitely not the kind of book you want to give to Mom!
Unapologetically profane, well written, witty, and compelling is how I would describe the latest tome from Tony Bourdain. Self-deprecatory as usual, this book had me laughing out loud. Vulgarity notwithstanding, foodies will love this collection of essays. If you are not a foodie, you may not understand all of the inside references or clever asides. Either way, this was a book that had me laughing out loud!

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May 28, 2014
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Oct 03, 2011

"I come from a house filled with books. I had very good English teachers in high school. I was something of a reading prodigy when I was a little kid. When I was in kindergarten, I stole my parents' copy of Why Johnny Can't Read. It angered me that they would have such a book, and I read the whole thing. I was reading way ahead of my grade level for all of grammar school and beyond. I read very quickly. I read a lot. I read widely. It is a pleasure for me, a passion."

--Anthony Bourdain in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.


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