Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Paperback)

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Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Paperback)


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I first read Kitchen Confidential when it was released in 2000.  I was recently out of college without a clue of what to do with my life, and it was absolutely the book I needed at that time.  I read the book, then found the audio, read by Anthony Bourdain, and I must have listened to that audiobook half a dozen times.  Somewhere within its tales lied a path to manhood, I just knew it.   Tony was a directionless punk, a total mess, I absolutely related to him.  His stories of cooking in some of the best and worst restaurants on the eastern seaboard and the characters he met are vivid and filled with chaos.  Intermixed within the battle stories are lessons on what makes a good knife, that the ingredients are everything, and how fortune favors the bold.  What better life lessons could a young man learn? 

As many have already said, there is something different about Anthony’s suicide.  It cuts awfully deep for many of us and will take a long time, if ever, to understand.  In the meantime, he has left us some amazing stories and a lot of strange food he’d really want us to try.   So please, dig in!

— From Matt

An updated and revised edition of Anthony Bourdain's mega-bestselling Kitchen Confidential, with new material from the original edition

Almost two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, “Don’t Eat before You Read This,” by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain spared no one’s appetite as he revealed what happens behind the kitchen door. The article was a sensation, and the book it spawned, the now classic Kitchen Confidential, became an even bigger sensation, a megabestseller with over one million copies in print. Frankly confessional, addictively acerbic, and utterly unsparing, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business.

Fans will love to return to this 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—this time with never-before-published material.

Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, the memoir A Cook’s Tour, and the New York Times bestsellers Kitchen ConfidentialMedium Raw, and Appetites. His work appeared in the New York Times and The New Yorker. He was the host of the popular television shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown. Bourdain died in June 2018.

Product Details ISBN: 9780060899226
ISBN-10: 0060899220
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: January 9th, 2007
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Ecco

“Utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and precise ear for kitchen patois.” — New York magazine

“You’ll laugh, you’ll’re gonna love it.” — Denver Post

“The kind of book you read in one sitting, then rush about annoying your coworkers by declaiming whole passages.” — USA Today

Bourdain captures the world of restaurants and professionally cooked food in all its theatrical, demented glory. — USA Today

“A gonzo memoir of whats really going on behind those swinging doors.... Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is unique.” — Newsweek

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

“Hysterical.... Bourdain gleefully rips through the scenery to reveal private backstage horrors.” — New York Times Book Review