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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, read by Anthony Bourdain.

After 25 years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', Chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain decided to tell all. From his first oyster in the Gironde to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky-tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown; from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop the Rockefeller Center to drug dealers in the East Village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain's tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable, as shocking as they are funny.

©2000 Anthony Bourdain (P)2000 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A compelling book with its intriguing mix of clever writing and kitchen patois...more horrifically gripping than a Stephen King novel." (Sunday Times)

"Fantastic: as lip-smackingly seductive as a bowl of fat chips and pungent aioli." (Daily Telegraph

"Elizabeth David written by Quentin Tarantino." (A.A. Gill) 

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Very well narrated. Takes you around the world of Chefs and food. Really well written as well.

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loved it

Took me back to my kitchen days in hotels and restaurants Ive worked in. Its so similiar, I guess all chefs lives ate more or less the same. Absolutely loved each incident and made my memories come back to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-21

Brilliant

This book is as good as they say it is. Hugely entertaining. RIP to the legend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-21

An amazing tale of an amazing person

A look into the memorable, beautiful, difficult yet intensely passionate life, of one of the most iconic souls in recent history

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  • Khalil Ahmed
  • 28-03-21

Tony is Brilliant

Amazing as always, anything by Tony is brilliant. Im grateful its read by him. RIP.

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  • Peter Brookes
  • 01-08-20

Finished this book in 2 sittings.

I never would have expected this to be the most binge worthy book I've read. I could've listened 8 hours straight if I didn't have to charge my earphones and eat some lunch.
A wonderfully interesting insight in to the culinary world from a great man.
Rip Tony

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  • Alison
  • 13-08-20

Kitchen Confidential

I’ve admired Tony Bourdain’s writing since KC first came out 20 odd years ago. I’ve listened and read everything he’s written (including his book on Typhoid Mary) and loved it all. His writing is elegant, witty and so so so descriptive. In KC his own weaknesses and personal integrity are described beautifully along with the life of a piratical vagabond outsider chef as he journeys through his chosen career. I’ve waited oh so patiently for the unabridged Audible version of KC to become available in the UK and have just gorged the whole book in one glorious self indulgent happy thankful session. It is truly brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-20

Brilliant in every way

Love this man and everything he stood for , exceptional human being with an amazing story to tell . The highs and lows of the restaurant game tied with the behind the scenes adventures and schemes. The genius of Anthony is on full display throughout and he will no doubt take you on a journey you won’t soon forget , I Can not recommend this book enough . 5/5
RIP Anthony bourdain

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  • warwick manning
  • 06-10-20

R.I.P Thanks for the memories

A great book about cooking and very heart felt and honest memoir. I heard about Mr Bourdain after he died. Sounded like his life was going so well. these kinds of deaths always leave me wondering what the truth is. This book is one of those that made me feel like I walked a mile in his shoes, and I'm definitely the richer for his experiences and commentaries. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-20

Great listen

I've always wanted to read this book so delighted when I saw it available on Audible. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain himself which made the experience even better. Really good story and a simple must for a foodie.

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  • Neil Simpson
  • 05-11-20

wish it was 5 times as long

loved this...didnt want it to end. funny, direct and utterly charming, I couldn't stop listening

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  • Serban Eremia
  • 19-09-20

A glimpse behind the vale

Any chef listening to this must be getting flashbacks from their own life and anyone else gets a taste of what it's trully like behind their exquisite meals.

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  • Joe Fitzpatrick
  • 12-07-20

Amazing tales.

Incredible stories throughout a crazy career path. Bourdain writes beautifully, and offers a stunning insight into the industry, what good food means, and how it all works.

Highly recommended, even if you’re not a foodie.

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  • Jack Richards
  • 26-06-20

Superb

an incredible insight into hospitality in the 90's. the fact it is read by Bourdain himself makes it even more special.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-21

Excellent read (listen)

Though an ex cook by trade I only heard about Anthony Bourdain after watching his "parts unknown" series on Netflex and becoming upset when I learned that my new culinary hero had taken his own life some few years prior.

I decided to listen to this book, my own Chef de cuisine / mentor recommending it as a good read......... he did not disappoint! I listened gleefully recalling some of my own hard knocks, personal triumphs of a service gone well and personal degeneracy that I inherited with my short time in the industry and am thoughroughly proud of! the book made me think "wow so I'm not alone, we really are all like that".

if you are interested in what really happens behind that swing door and the pass both good and bad do yourself a favour and listen to or read (though the audio is great as the man himself is narrating) kitchen confidential. you will laugh, likely vomit and maybe feel inspired to try something new.

RIP Tony, you are missed!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-20

Perfection

I read this book many years ago and loved it.
But having it read by me Bourdain was a utter joy!

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  • 13-05-22

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-22

Heard great things, lived up to it.

Love the structure, style and charm of Bourdain. highly recommended based on his performance alone.

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  • Warren Drew
  • 17-02-22

A great book

Well worth the cost. I’ll be listening to this audiobook multiple times I would guess

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  • Nathan Roberts
  • 27-01-22

such a great audiobook

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-22

best book ever

I really love bourdain and a huge fan of his shows. he was a mega babe too xx rip

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-21

Will listen to this again!

Love the way Anthony tells his story's, if your q fan of his work you will love this.

RIP Tony

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-21

Bourdain never fails to entertain and educate

What a beautiful experience it is to have Anthony Bourdain narrate the book that brought him into the public eye and help to launch his media career. The world is all the better for it.

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  • Syme
  • 10-11-21

Better than I could have anticipated.

A true story teller and an incredible life. Combined this is one of the best audiobooks I’ve heard. With the author narrating, it only adds to the enjoyment.

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  • 20-10-21

Lacklustre

Overall book was a little bit boring with only some more interesting sections. I thought I was going to be on the receiving end of far more graphic descriptions of drug use and other general debauchery.