Kitchen Confidential @noreservations | Always Aubrey

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kitchen Confidential @noreservations

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I've been a fan of Anthony Bourdain for years, but it wasn't until recently that I picked up his book (published back in 2000!) Kitchen Confidential to read during my time off work.

I couldn't put it down.  No, seriously, I just kept reading!  I felt like Bourdain was reading the words to me in the voice I'm so familiar with from his television series, which is perpetually on my DVR.  They were definitely his words, something so honest and unpolished yet genius.

I will never work in the restaurant business.  Period.  But this book was so (dare I say it!) educational!  Bourdain is so open about his humble beginnings in cooking up through his stint at Les Halles.  I don't think I will ever look at a restaurant the same way.  I also cringed when I realized I commit some of the 'cardinal sins' he lists (I keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge, eek!) but I also love my chef's knife and could really relate to some of the advice he gave.  His chapter describing the scars and calluses on his hands cataloging his journey as a chef was just beautiful.

If you're not put off by his drug, sex, and rock 'n' roll journey or swearing, and you're a Bourdain fan, you'll love this book!  I really think I'll be reading it again and again on my Kindle.  :)

Oh, and I'll never order fish on Mondays, or order a steak well-done!

Thanks, Tony!

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