Book Review: Kitchen Confidential

Restaurant Blog GraphicKitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Title: Kitchen Confidential

Author: Anthony Bourdain

Published: 2007/01/09

Version: Audiobook

Pages: 312

Started: 2017/05/03

Finished: 2017/06/04

Rating: 3/5

Goodread Synopsis:

A 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—now with all-new, never-before-published material.

New York Chef Tony Bourdain gives away secrets of the trade in his wickedly funny, inspiring memoir/expose. Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls “twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.”

My Thoughts:

This was another book rec that I picked up.  To be honest if it hadn’t been a rec I probably wouldn’t have finished it.  That’s not to say I didn’t learn anything.  I learned plenty, like check out the bathroom before ordering food because if they can’t keep a bathroom clean then a kitchen is impossible.  Also, don’t buy seafood on Mondays because it’s likely a few days old.  And specials are typically ways to get rid of food that is about to go bad.

I just asn’t a fan of all the cursing and foul language.  That probably sounds odd to say but it was so inundated with it that sometimes it bogged down the book.  I get that he’s trying to share the culture of behind the scenes in the kitchen but I guess I would have been happier without any of it, or at least maybe cut the amount in half.  Sure at times it was completely relevant but other times it felt more like it was there to be in your face, for shock value.  To me that just detracts from what somebody has to offer. Smoke and mirrors.

One of those moment s I wish it had been a physical book because I could be adding it to my “purge” pile I’m working on.

Have you guys read this book? Any thoughts?

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