Kitchen Confidential

March 23, 2009


I remember a couple years ago watching Anthony Bourdain’s show, No Reservations, and being repulsed by the guy.  I found him cocky, irritating and at times the show seemed to go nowhere.  So when I would see him on, I’d turn the channel.  I don’t know when it happened or how it happened, but I started liking the guy.  I started liking his show.  Maybe it’s like the first time you see a new model of car, and you think it’s ugly.  Sometime later you find yourself dreaming about buying one.  At any rate I decided to read his book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly.  I’m glad I did.  This book chronicles Bourdain’s relationship with food from the time he was a kid to becoming chef at Les Halles.  It’s well written, interesting, funny and as the subtitle states, one gets a look at the “culinary underbelly” from Bourdain’s perspective.  Bourdain started out in a privileged family but struck out on his own, landed a job as a dishwasher to pay bills, and his culinary career was born.  From there you get to see both his humiliations and triumphs as he works his way up.  He doesn’t seem to pull any punches, he lays it all out, the drugs, the hard times and the fun he had.  I think just about anyone would find this a good read, but if you’re interested in what it’s like working in a professional kitchens, I think you’ll like it a lot.  I’m going to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it.

By Kenton