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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Raunchy, Real and Right On the Money

Not for the faint of heart. A raucous and raw trip inside the restaurant biz. From nuts and bolts to totally obscure characters, and sometimes disturbing andecdotes, Bourdain delights the senses and the mind with his hilarious and detailed tales of the dark side of the ...
Not for the faint of heart. A raucous and raw trip inside the restaurant biz. From nuts and bolts to totally obscure characters, and sometimes disturbing andecdotes, Bourdain delights the senses and the mind with his hilarious and detailed tales of the dark side of the industry. with his own brand of smarts and charm he takes you through his childhood adventures in France up to owning his own succcesful restaurant in New York. He touches on Universal truths throughout the business as well as his own sometimes touching and oftentimes unreal personal experiences. For anyone who loves to dine, who works in restaurants or has thought about it, this is a must read. Never a dull moment.

posted by DianeLorraine on April 20, 2009

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

In a Fog is a Better Place for Me

If this is reality in the kitchen, I'm glad I don't see it. I found the language repulsive and the author seems to have a very high opinion of himself. Had no desire to finish this reading this book.

posted by Anonymous on October 25, 2001

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    3/5

    Five stars for the writing. Three stars for the stories. One star for the insufferability of the author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Good read

    I read this book after watching a season of his show. This is a good book to read if you want information on the inner workingds of the restaurant business. Beware that the author lives a pretty rowdy lifestyle an uses the language to describe it. Do not purchase if you are easily ofended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    interesting

    interesting book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Contains Helpful Info

    Yeah, his ego is large but if you like his show my guess is you'll like this book. This is an easy read, a little repetitive but nicely done. I skimmed towards the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Interesting - But nothing you have not heard by now

    This was a fun and easy read. There is nothing earth shattering here. To be fair I think in the 10 years since it was published much of this book has become common knowledge.

    The book reads like three books, his introduction, his screw up years and his rehabilitation and maturity? If you watch his shows, you know his act by know. I did not read anything I did not already know by now.

    My only complaint, he tries to hard to be bohemian.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    Nice book

    Nice book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Gotta Love Anthony Bourdain's History

    There is no doubt the man has had a "interesting" past. Kitchen Confidential gives you a little look into his personal past, though not a biography in the strictest terms.
    It's a very fun and some times mind-blowing look into what goes on in the kitchen's of some of the most exclusive restaurants in NYC.
    Sometimes it reads like torture-porn, when he gives details of what your average restaurant staff go through on any given night.

    Definitely worth the read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Quick, Entertaining Reading

    If you've ever worked in the restaurant industry, and that would be almost everyone, you will appreciate this book. Anthony Bourdain spares no detail. If you think that the food service industry in like Food TV, this will set you straight. Long hours, hot kitchens, grueling shifts. Of course, there's fun to be had and he sure participated! Interesting to see how chefs have become like rock stars. My laugh out loud moment from this book was visualizing Bourdain walking into that P-town restaurant in his seersucker suit! A far cry from his bad boy, jeans and black leather jacket garb. Can't wait for his upcoming book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    A good book to have a topic to talk about

    I will recommend this book fot people who likes coocking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2002

    FOOD IS FUN, COOKING IS MACHO.

    Chef Bourdain seems perfectly despicable: he gleefully recounts abuse and shenigans in professional kitchens, and finally wonders if he's gone too far, when, after graduating from cocaine to heroin, he hires his drug dealer as a sous chef, not because he can cook, but just to have him nearby! This is a wonderful pageturner, mesmerizing in its pace and excitement. The big bonus, though, is the chapter where Bourdain tells the reader how to look like a hero in your home kitchen. This is a fun read, and the point is that maybe the home cook is not as driven or hungry or zonked as the pros, and that maybe that's not a bad thing.

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