Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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Harper Collins, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages

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 expanded that appetizer into a deliciously funny, delectable shocking banquet that lays out his 25 years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.

From his first oyster in the Gironde 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, wild-but-true tales make the belly ache with laughter.


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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Digital audiobook read by the author. 3.5*** Subtitle: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly This is a wonderful memoir, as well as a bit of a tutorial, a travelogue, and a warning of what NOT to do ... Read full review

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User Review  - susandennis - LibraryThing

If you have enjoyed food at a fine restaurant, run get this book. Chef Boudain tells all about what goes on behind the scenes. It is fascinating. But, even greater than that is this guy can really ... Read full review


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Anthony Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York, and he is the host of the series No Reservations on the Travel Channel. He is the author of A Cook's Tour, Les Halles Cookbook, and the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo.

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