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Bobby Gold Stories
     

Bobby Gold Stories

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by Anthony Bourdain, Breaulove Swells Whimsy
 

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Bobby Gold is a lovable criminal. After nearly ten years in prison, he's no sooner out than he's back to work breaking bones for tough guys. His turf: the club scene and restaurant business. It's not that he enjoys the job-Bobby has real heart-but he's good at it, and a guy has to make a living. Things change when he meets Nikki, the cook at a club most

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Bobby Gold is a lovable criminal. After nearly ten years in prison, he's no sooner out than he's back to work breaking bones for tough guys. His turf: the club scene and restaurant business. It's not that he enjoys the job-Bobby has real heart-but he's good at it, and a guy has to make a living. Things change when he meets Nikki, the cook at a club most definitely not in his territory. Smitten, he can't stay away. Bobby Gold has known trouble before, but with Nikki the sauté bitch in his life, things take a turn for life or death.

A fast, furious, pitch-perfect story of food, sex, crime, and mayhem, The Bobby Gold Stories is Bourdain at his best.

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“Bourdain cooks as a writer.” —New York Times

“Bourdain is a great observer, and his profane dialogue should come with a warning: This plate is hot.” —People

“The chef wields his pen with the same murderously winning flair as he does his knives.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Delicate culinary conversation, flavored with streetwise bravado.” —New York Daily News

“The perfect thriller-or a delicious soup du jour.” —Rocky Mountain News

Publishers Weekly
With the same explosive energy and irreverent humor with which he described the behind-the-scenes affairs of the restaurant industry in Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain revisits some of the themes that made him famous: passion, food and violence. The novel (Bourdain's third, after Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo) tells the story of Bobby Gold, probably the world's most unlikely gangster. A nice Jewish pre-med student implicated in a drug deal gone bad, Bobby goes to prison for 10 years and emerges with an entirely different set of uses for his knowledge of anatomy. Once released, he goes to work for his old friend Eddie Fish, a mobster turned nightclub owner, and falls in love with Nikki, a boisterous sous-chef with dangerous ambitions. Bobby and Nikki get involved in a botched robbery, forcing both to run for their lives. Their seedy shenanigans are wittily chronicled by Bourdain, in his nouveau hard-boiled prose ("'You want truffle jiz? Get your own truffle jiz, cabron' "). In one memorable set piece, Bobby engages in multiple pages of rueful conversation with an old fish wholesaler who's late on a payment to Eddie and knows he's about to be worked over (" `I get to pick the arm?' `Sure,' said Bobby. `Your choice. You pick it' "). Readers will once again be delighted by Bourdain's charming, rugged sensibility, like a modern-day Damon Runyon, and his gourmet blend of wit, suspense and style. 10-city author tour. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bestselling chef (A Cook's Tour, 2001, etc.) and mystery author Bourdain (Gone Bamboo, 1997, etc.) recounts in 12 swift-moving segments the sad-hearted luck of an ex-con nightclub bouncer. Bobby Gold-neé Goldstein-has taken the rap for his slick friend Eddie Fish all his life: eight years for a framed cocaine charge, then employment as Eddie's debonair Lower Manhattan henchman. But Bobbie is smart (he studied premed and knows just how to make a clean snap of the radial ulna), diplomatic at his tough-guy tasks at the NiteKlub, and even slightly ashamed at this point in his life of having to rough up customers to get Eddie's late payments. Bobby's romantic to boot, as he learns when he catches the eye of Nikki, "the sauté bitch," who's having trouble not sleeping with bad-boy cooks. Tired of "the business"-slinging monkfish in truffle risotto night after night at NiteKlub-she wants to make money "by doing something illegal," and, though Bobbie wants out of the mob fire, he ends up taking the rap for her, too, when she steals money out of NiteKlub's safe and has to disappear. Bourdain has a Bellovian relish for depicting the small-town gangster-pathetic, hilarious, human-and the dialogue keeps the action gurgling merrily along despite the flinging viscera. Bourdain's favorite locus, of course, is the kitchen: the blow jobs for the best staff meals, the tightly protected territory of each cook in the line, the cocaine-snorting chef and hostess in the backroom. With a few short, sharp strokes, he delineates fully fleshed, deeply flawed, powerfully sympathetic characters. Set aside the plot: Bourdain's dialogue is worth the price of the meal, as in the scene at a Manhattan restaurant when"citizen of the world" Eddie questions every item on the cryptic menu, to the mortification of his waiter: "Wasabi . . . Wasabi . . . Was that a good thing or a bad thing?" The chef wields his pen with the same murderously winning flair as he does his knives. Author tour

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582344096
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/19/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
333,349
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Bourdain is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential, the Urban Historical Typhoid Mary, and A Cook's Tour, which was turned into a successful series by the same name for the Food Network. His novels include Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo. He is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1956
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
High school diploma, Dwight Englewood School, 1973; A.O.S. degree, The Culinary Institute of America, 1978
Website:
http://www.anthonybourdain.com/

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Bobby Gold Stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
CloudMinder More than 1 year ago
Much like the "food porn" he tempts us with in his many travels, Anthony Bourdain concocts a flavorful stew of spicy meat and exotic flavors. A little formula, but he takes the "back-alley heavy" crime genre to new heights of culinary ecstacy with his sharp filet knife. Okay, enough of the food analogies--but for him, it really works. And, he is truly a character in person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Mr. Bourdain on his TV series and thought I'd see if his style came through in another genre as well. It does. It takes cosiderable skill to make a career criminal so likeable that you cheer for him. The brief chapters meld together to form a cohesive story that is so entertaining. It's a very interesting biography of a Jewish kid that should have been a doctor but ends up a ne'er do well. But all is well in the end when Bobby, at least in my eyes, redeems himself. Buy this slim volume you'll like it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Anthony Bourdain's literary style, like his cooking, is not for everyone. But, for those who do enjoy his unique approach to life, his latest work is good...very good! I enjoyed his building of characters, their interplay and the fact that Bourdain tells a grand story, no matter how much it may run against the grain of our own principles. His behind the door glimpses into lives other than our own, is his strong suit. I highly recommend the purchase of this novel.