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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Bourdain Narrator: Anthony Bourdain Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Part autobiography and part expose, the audiobook Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly is a trip through the backdoor of a restaurant kitchen. Anthony Bourdain treats readers to a look behind the scenes at the secrets and real life activities of a chef. This eye-opening book covers all aspects of the business, from lowly dishwashers right on up to crazed chefs and eccentric owners.

Among the stories of his personal experiences, both good and bad, he sprinkles tidbits of useful information for anyone who enjoys a night away from the stove. Seafood is ordered fresh for the weekend, so avoid ordering it on a Monday or Tuesday. Those who order their beef entrees well-done run the risk of receiving a substandard cut of meat since the cooking process will help conceal that fact, thus saving the restaurant money.

He cuts no corners in convincing you that life in a restaurant kitchen is no easy road to riches or fame. Narration by the author gives the audiobook even more appeal with his sardonic wit coming through loud and clear. He takes us through his culinary life process and does not sugar-coat it. If sensitive to talk about sex, drugs and alcohol; this book may not be what you consider enjoyable entertainment. However, if you can handle a walk on the wild-side, and can take the less pleasant realities right alongside your entrée; then this factual look at the culinary world of this popular chef is for you.

The details of how a gourmet meal comes about are given in a fascinating way that keeps your interest. The complex personalities, including Bourdain's, add just the right amount of spice to the story. Critically acclaimed here and overseas, it was preceded by his successful New Yorker article, "Don't Eat Before Reading This". Born in New York City in 1956, he spent much of his childhood in New Jersey. On a family trip to his grandparents homeland of France; Bourdain discovered oysters, and a culinary obsession was born. While at Vassar and working in a restaurant in Massachusetts, he decided to become a chef. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 he worked at various restaurants throughout New York City. He has a very successful television career hosting a number of cooking shows for different networks. To experience the life of this controversial and charismatic chef, in his own words, download Kitchen Confidential.

When Chef Anthony Bourdain wrote “Don’t Eat Before You Read This” in the New Yorker, he spared no one’s appetite, revealing what goes on behind the kitchen door. In Kitchen Confidential, he expands the appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet that lays out his twenty-five years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.

From his first oyster in Gironda to the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, from the restaurants of Tokyo to the drug dealers of the East Village, from the mobsters to the rats, Bourdain’s brilliantly written and wonderfully read wild-but-true tales make the belly ache with laughter. You’ll beg the chef for more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hysterical…Bourdain gleefully rips through the scenery to reveal private backstage horrors.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Bourdain captures the world of restaurants and professionally cooked food in all its theatrical, demented glory.”

    USA Today

  • “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…you’re gonna love it.”

    Denver Post

  • “Bourdain’s prose is utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and a precise ear for kitchen patois.”

    New York magazine

  • “A gonzo memoir of what’s really going on behind those swinging doors…Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is unique.”


  • “Bourdain pulls no punches…Bourdain is as unsparingly acerbic with himself as he is with others, and he exhibits a sincere and profound love of good food…He’d probably hate to hear it, but Bourdain has a tender side, and when it peeks through his rough exterior and the wall of four-letter words he constructs, it elevates this book to something more than blustery memoir.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Curtis Rogers | 2/14/2014

    " Anthony Bourdain is the man and this book shows it. He describes how he progressed through the culinary ranks and all the shenanigans that ensue. If you've worked in a kitchen in any capacity, you'll understand a lot of what Bourdain is talking about "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pennyclack | 2/5/2014

    " Given to me by my son, I think to give me an idea what goes on in the behind the scenes of restaurant life. I found it intriguing and interesting but not my favourite in literary story making. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bulent Duagi | 2/4/2014

    " Dubios de interesanta cartea :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by biff | 1/20/2014

    " "What I Know About Meat" is honestly one of the funniest things I've ever read. Though the chapter dedicated to just a day in the life of a head chef was by far the most interesting part. "

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