Book Review: Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential

February 2, 2009

If you eat, drink, dine, go to restaurants, like tattoos, loud music, crass behavior, the Food Network, or have a personality, you should read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential.

Likewise, if you have ever worked in a kitchen, a restaurant, a take-out joint, served food as a waiter/a waitress/a waitron, I am guessing you have already read this book. If not, take a few days, read the book, and come back a better man, woman, or animal.

This book will change your dining experience.  Most likely examples:

  • It will change the way you look at dinner rolls on a dining table.
  • It will change the way you engage with your server as you try to read his or her body language to see if what you ordered is worth ordering or if you should expect to get sick.
  • You will want to eat a raw oyster in France.
  • It will increase your urges for exotic foods and intense experiences.
  • You will be awestruck at the talent that executive chefs must bring. (The details! The precision! The cooking is only part of it!)
  • You will bow down to the unapologetic being named Anthony Bourdain.

Whatever the press says about Anthony Bourdain and his book is probably true. This book should come with a warning. High adrenaline zone – enter at your own risk. (There were a few nights when I actually had to put the book down for fear of my own anxiety attack.)

But, I always came back because A.B.’s writing is as addictive as his ex-heroin habit.

When you are finished with this book, trust me, you will lick your fingers and beg for second helpings (speaking of, where is the server’s tell-all retort?).

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4 Responses to “ Book Review: Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential ”

  1. revisingproust on February 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm


    I had linked to that picture because – well, i mention the food network – and, OK, fine, it was a mistake.

    As soon as I realized my mistake, I was going to go back and change it.

    Instead, I kept it as is.

    I thought *one* of you would notice and comment.

  2. revisingproust on February 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    now i want to go back and write a big VERSUS across the two.

  3. Earl Skeete on February 16, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

  4. Rungtiwa on December 2, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Are you going to serve red bean ice in the way they do it in Singapore? My favourite mmoery of Singapore was the red bean ice they serve in these Hawker bars. I feel there is a lack of shaved ice options in Toronto, so I am hoping that this place serves it!

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