Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
I avoided this book for several months for several reasons. Okay, just ONE reason. This is the guy who eats EVERYTHING and anything, right? I was in fear of reading this book and never wanting to eat anything ever again.
Instead, the opposite happened. This book hooked me in from the first page - fantastic writing, it was like guy was hanging out in my head from the very first sentence - and made me want to eat. To hop on a plane and check out these places, this food he was talking about.
This book is going down as my favorite for 2009. The dark horse, go figure.
Pub. Date: May 2000
Synopsis: 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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