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?


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Kitchen Confidential

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  2. I myself am about to finish it. I have been a Bourdain fan for quite a while. His style of storytelling is why I started writing things down. As weird as it sounds. I have grown up working in kitchens and cafes and what he says is all true. Especially the bit about the lowest of society is most likely preparing your food in the kitchen. Very true, I hate to admit it. I have been out of the food business for a few years and miss it all the time. I went into real estate, now that is a Codename Confidential book I want to read. The truth of real estate is the ugliest truth out there. Overall so far, Im still enjoying the book.

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    • Thanks for the feedback. It’s interesting to hear other peoples thoughts. Is Codename Confidential about real estate? I’m actually in real estate as well so that sounds interesting. I read Evicted a while back and it was a hard read but in a good way because it challenged the way I view things.

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      • Codename: Confidential was just somethin I threw in there. It’s not a real book. I would like to check out that book Evicted. After 5 years in real estate you start to realize that so many people are just lying to themselves. I want a true real life account on what it’s like. We owe it to ourselves.

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