Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential

Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Book - 2007
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An updated and revised edition of Anthony Bourdain's mega-bestselling Kitchen Confidential, with new material from the original edition

Almost two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, "Don't Eat before You Read This," by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain spared no one's appetite as he revealed what happens behind the kitchen door. The article was a sensation, and the book it spawned, the now classic Kitchen Confidential, became an even bigger sensation, a megabestseller with over one million copies in print. Frankly confessional, addictively acerbic, and utterly unsparing, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business.

Fans will love to return to this deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine--this time with never-before-published material.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2007
Edition: Updated ed
ISBN: 9780060899226
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 641.5 BOURDAIN 2007
Characteristics: xviii, 312, 22 p. ; 21 cm


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Kitchen Confidential reveals what Anthony Bourdain calls "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine." Bourdain's tales of his journey to becoming a top notch chef are written with humor, love, and a heaping helping of irreverence.

Anthony Bourdain has become a household name. and this is the book that catapulted him to fame. This classic work in the behind-the-scenes genre will leave you wanting more, and, at the same time, looking askance at the kitchen door next time you dine out.

Anthony Bourdain pulls no punches in his tell all about life in the kitchen.

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K_ROK May 28, 2017

For any of us who used to or still do work in the culinary industry I can say that they will appreciate this book. A sous chef at a restaurant I was working at at the time recommended this book and I loved it. Most diners will have no idea about what really goes on between front and back of house staff, and what happens after the restaurant closes for the night. Great perspective, told in a raw fashion that agrees with the crudeness and cutthroat culture of this industry, this book is a great read.

May 05, 2017

He's crude, he's crass, he's also very funny and completely without any sort of off-switch, apparently! I liked the book a lot, because his personality comes through loud and clear.

Nov 18, 2016

One of the best books about professional cooking, without question.

Jul 16, 2016

If you can get past Bourdain's machismo and (what MUST be) exaggerated tales of him always coming out as the bad a** in every situation, it was an entertaining read. But, sometimes the machismo and the hyperbolic storytelling could become a little draining. I love his show, Parts Unknown. I wanted this book to be more like that. It's not. But, still fun.

Jan 10, 2016

I've enjoyed watching Anthony Bourdain on his CNN show Parts Unknown, so my wife (who is a chef by trade) told me that I'd probably like reading Kitchen Confidential - the book that put him on the culinary map. Written in 2000, Bourdain describes in great detail the seedy underbelly of what life in a kitchen is really like. Drugs, alcoholism, kickbacks - basically if you're the head chef, its like being the captain of a pirate ship. And through his tales, I learned quite a lot from a customer's perspective such as never going to a restaurant on a Monday or ordering a steak well-done. Although I assume much has changed in the 15+ years since Kitchen Confidential was written, I also suspect that a lot of it has remained the same. A really good page-turner for serious foodies and people like me who only have a very casual interest in the subject.

JCLKimG Aug 06, 2015

I listened to this, Anthony Bourdain narrates it himself. He has a dark, crass way of telling stories about his career and life as a chef that I find to be laugh out loud funny.

Nov 21, 2013

Enjoyable read, but one that I don't want to think too much about when I'm eating out. I like how much he talks about his wife, although I'm afraid to look and see if they're still married all these years later. (Don't tell me, unless it's good news.)

Nov 08, 2013

I got most of the way through with this one and just didn't care to finish. I like Anthony Bourdain, and love his show No Reservations, but I didn't feel like this book flowed very well and wasn't very cohesive. By the time he dedicates a few pages to all the different ways chef's tell each other to "suck my d," I was over it!

Jan 18, 2013

entertaining in a very snarky way.

Aug 21, 2012

I guess I wasn't so interested in the sex and drugs lives of NY chefs.

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