Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential

By Anthony Bourdain

  • Release Date: 2008-12-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 565 Ratings
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Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine."
Last summer, The New Yorker published Chef Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Bourdain spared no one's appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain's first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain's tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable. Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You'll beg the chef for more, please.


  • Interesting honest read

    By Trainman57
    Anthony writes like he lives honestly and imperfectly. The honesty is what makes this really great. He is not afraid to show his humanity in the rough and tumble restaurant businesses. A unique insiders look you can feel the heat and intensity in the kitchen as they try to get some good food out fast. I never ate his food but I bet it is honestly good.
  • Kitchen Confidential.

    By The highlife!
  • Fantastic read

    By GermanFloridian
    This is a great read for any food enthusiasts! It tells the great tale of what happens behind those kitchen doors and just what it takes to make it in the restaurant world. Great stuff!
  • A must read for cooks

    By Ogdd
    An amazingly acerbic look at the life you love. Chronicling the times of a masterful cook, it is an unabashed chronicle of real kitchens and the life.
  • Kitchen confidential

    By Raschulo
    It took my on a journey worth my time. Resilience and relevance are core themes for all of us in life and this book delivered.
  • The love of food from the bottom of the food chain in NYC

    By across milkyway
    This book charters Tony's zenful, uncomplicated, open-minded and rewarding love for the limitless varieties of food delicacies from different background and cultures that begins from his childhood's travel to France country side to his sentimentality towards his sous chefs and the crew of hard working and often ignored line cooks from South America whom he worked with for over two decades in the restaurant business in the NY city.
  • Great read

    By WuckinBird aint a crime
    Would read again.
  • Kitchen Jedi

    By Valhalla7189
    The inner workings of a mad genius in the kitchen across the greatest city in the world! Enjoyed every page, hanging on the next fiasco, deal gone bad, crazy loons. Loved it !
  • Kitchen Confidential

    By Scarferry
    A.B. is very cool. He comes off that way on TV and in print. If you like to eat its a good read. If you love to cook, like I do, it's a great read. Love to have him over for Sunday gravy and macaroni's South Jersey peasant style. Chris Ferry
  • Kitchen Confidential

    By Buff'70
    I've been meaning to read this book for years, after reading Chef Bourdain's articles in the New Yorker, and it did not disappoint. It is an enjoyable tour of human behavior as much as of restaurant kitchens, and is strangely reminiscent of some interesting days and nights in the operating room during my thirty year career as a surgeon.