In Kitchen Confidential, author and professional chef Anthony Bourdain gives a no-holes-barred account of life behind the stoves. Filled with wry observations, fragrant characters, self-depreciating humor and peppered in spicy language, Bourdain takes readers from his culinary awakening in France over twenty five years ago, to the kitchens of Provincetown and Manhattan, with plenty of “steamy hot” cuisine along the way.
Bourdain warns, “There will be horror stories. Heavy drinking, drugs, screwing in the dry-goods area, unappetizing industry-wide practices. Talking about why you probably shouldn’t order fish on a Monday, why those who favor well-done get the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel, and why seafood frittata is not wise brunch selection… But I’m simply not going to deceive anybody about the life as I’ve seen it.”
Bourdain’s tell-all of the restaurant trade should be required reading for those entering the culinary profession. And, for those diners in search of the real restaurant experience, consider yourself warned. Kitchen Confidential is crackingly funny, informative, and all in all a ripping good read.
“Hysterical… Bourdain gleefully rips through the scenery to reveal private backstage horrors.”—New York Times Book Review
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