I still cannot believe he is gone 😢. Such a great book to end the year!
Will finish tagged book yet today, but here is my year!
An easy read. There‘s no question at all why it was a hit in 2002. Of course it is hard to read today without looking for the “why” to his suicide. It is not a thoughtful book, but a revelatory one that well describes a setting most of us know nothing about, though we may have sensed it. The allure of the drudgery of kitchen work is made understandable. For another good real life kitchen story read Orwell‘s Down and Out in London and Paris.
This is a fascinating and (at times) horrifying look at cooking on a professional level. The audio, read by Bourdain himself, was great. Be aware going in that his tone is blunt, and his language is rough. His critiques of others and himself are unflinching. It was a little sad reading this knowing how his story ended, but I‘m very glad I read it.
I had no idea that this book was going to be so brash, and not in a good way. I thought the beginning was very boring, but as it got into Bourdain's addictions I started to get more interested. Rather than being about what it's like to be a chef or work in the industry, it's very specific to his experiences. Also, in later chapters he mentions other cooks dying by suicide rather crassly, which was very strange, especially on audiobook
I finally finished this tonight. I started about a year ago after Anthony Bourdain died. I finished it on audiobook because it was comforting being read to. My Alex was a fan of Bourdain as well. I miss Alex so much. He was so smart and funny. Early mornings like this when I‘d get off work, sometimes Alex would wait up for me and we‘d talk or listen to music. Maybe he‘s had the opportunity to meet Bourdain in the hereafter. I hope so. 💔
After listening to this, I think I'm taking a break from eating out.
Read this book at my bf request. Have to say it is really good. The way he talks about food just makes you hungry lol but the book keeps you hooked from the start. Would recommend this one for anyone looking for a good read.
1. Crab cake eggs benedict or some Eggo waffles with butter and syrup. Or a croissant!
2. I had a hard time with this one, but I am just so confused by the concept of sushi burritos. Why????
3. If I'm eating alone then absolutely! Anything for more reading time!
4. Starbucks vanilla latte. Or any vanilla latte would work.
5. Short on time today, so this one is for anyone who wants to share their own!
Wrote a blog on this book. Please give it a read. Tony was my life, I read this book as part of my 2019 Theme on Creativity. Blog here ->> https://greenlightphilosophy.blog/2019/06/27/kitchen-confidential-and-blogging-b.... 💕💕
Seems I am getting more reading done on travel these days. Picked this one off my shelf on a whim this morning before I left for the airport even though I had two others planned. I was instantly hooked. Turns out it's Anthony Bourdain day (his birthday). I have not read anything by him or seen more than a snippet of one episode of his TV shows, but from this narrative, I can see why he was beloved.
That creepy feeling you get when you finish a book, immediately look up the author/subject on Wikipedia, and realize you finished his book on the one year anniversary of his death. 😮
This is a fascinating look into what goes on in a restaurant kitchen. I don‘t think I‘ll be as cavalier when eating out—it certainly makes you wonder about what‘s going on in the kitchen! And sadly I doubt I‘ll ever order mussels or hollandaise Sauce again. 😭
What an entertaining audiobook! Bourdain‘s stories are great - shocking, hilarious, and unfiltered.
Finished up the audio book after a long day of planting in my garden. Now enjoying a cocktail—gin, soda, and my rhubarb-ginger shrub. Loved listening to Bourdain‘s kitchen stories. It helps to know he became a strong defender of women and exploring cultures, pointing out inequalities, etc.
“Your body isn‘t a temple. It‘s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” Loving listening to Anthony Bourdain as I garden and cook. And drink gin and tonics. Oh yeah, and reading the Feather Thief which is an engrossing read for this flyfisher.
Now that's how you write a memoir! Bourdain is unflinching when it comes to assessing his character, choices and the environment he works in. He comes across as such a paradox - a nice guy with a tough exterior. It's so sad that he's no longer with us but from this book it seems like he lived his life the way he wanted to so hopefully died with few regrets.
"Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have" --- Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential
Would you care for some Tongue en Madere? I'd ask through clenched teeth, my face a rictus of faux #cheer as I'd have to repeat and repeat for the hard-of-hearing captains of industry who ate the same spread of sauce-disguised leftovers every lunch and for whom the hot entree was clearly the highlight of their day. 'Boiled beef with horseradish sauce, sir?' I'd chirp. 'And would you care for a steamed potato with that?'
Finally reading Kitchen Confidential, and while it's as entertaining as expected, man, could it use a copy editor. I'm less than 20% in, and I have already seen enough missing words, wrong words, and lack of proper punctuation to make me despair. I'm really surprised to see this kind of work in such a hugely popular, bestselling book.
Does anyone else find their reading experience marred by poor copy editing? Or am I the only nerd?
#24in48 36 hour challenge, a food book that you love. While I have many, The Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher, My Life in France by Julia Child, and Born Round by Frank Bruni, my all time favorite is Kitchen Confidential. Raw, funny, and gorgeously written, it is one of my all time favorite books @24in48
Best airport book I‘ve ever purchased. Devoured it in less than a week!
Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Anthony Bourdain is probably aware that he was a self styled rebel with incredible charisma and admirable swagger. This translates beautifully in his writing, although this earlier work lacks some of his later-in-life self awareness.
To be honest I could have done with less kitchen and more confidential, but that‘s definitely my problem, not his.
Never got around to reading my paper copy, but the audio version was pretty good company in the car. I liked it enough to download his 2nd book.
I‘m still so saddened by the passing of Anthony Bourdain, and I figured I was overdue on this one. The fact that the audiobook is read by him is a delight. There‘s a lot of uncouth and fairly predictably bad stuff about race (mostly essentializing people, e.g. lots of talk about “hard working Ecuadorians” and unfortunate attempt to imitate accents) but I still loved it. What a writer. We‘re worse off without him around. [painting by Thomas Evans!]
This was literally just dropped off at my door. I‘ve never read it, and this is a brand new edition with handwritten notes. I don‘t actually buy that many new books but I had to order this one. #RIP