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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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Great performance

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

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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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  • D. Foskin
  • 10-05-20

Genius

The book that started a revolution. I own multiple copies of this book, now along with this fantastic audiobook, narrated by the man himself.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-21

listening with relish...

what a great guy! he explains the restaurant experience in great and enthusiastic detail with his classical drawl that made this book ever so more enjoyable. Great story, told authentically.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-21

read

absolute must for any aspiring cook I found myself unable put down please read if you have the same twisted delusions of grandeur as I do

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-21

Highly recommend

Sometimes audiobooks aren’t a great medium for a written work. This is not the case with Kitchen Confidential. Bourdain is a lovely writer but something about his voice bringing this to life can’t be beat. The new york accent. The dry wit. Intelligent, opinionated, humble. I love this man. Rip

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  • Luis
  • 25-01-21

I can hear him talking to me

I can perfectly picture every single one of his stories, since being a kid free in the French countryside to the busy and filthy underground bars in NY. The story of a life rich in anecdotes, lessons learnt and advice for the the ones to come.
We miss him so much that it was to some extend comforting to listen to him describe himself and the passion that he held for cooking.

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  • Lee
  • 20-01-21

Great listen

I really enjoyed. Great that Anthony himself read the book.
The book is dark and gritty, like a Hunter S Thompson novel.

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  • Samantha
  • 24-11-20

Absolutely fantastic RIP Tony xo

Fascinating, shocking, heartbreaking, heartwarming.....are just some of the words that come to mind. Anthony is not just a chef, but an amazing story teller. I was captivated by every single chapter. For anyone who has ever eaten at a restaurant of any kind, this is for you. RIP big Mal Carne xx

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  • Stephen Wheadon
  • 06-10-20

Bourdain reading Bourdain, whats not to like?

The title of this review sums it up. If you're a fan of Anthony Bourdain you'll love this reading of his classic book. If you're not, you probably won't.

The lessons learnt in the restaurant industry are transferable to any industry that requires a level of vocation over salary chasing. Dig in, do the job, keep smiling as everything around you turns to shit and keep going and enjoy the chaos.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-20

new respect for chefs.

loved every minute of this book. Anthony's writing st yle is poetic and vivid. the content is eye opening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-20

Amazing!

Loved the book from start to finish. Not a single dull moment. An incredible and hilarious insight into the world of cooking and makes me glad a decided not to pursue a career in the kitchen.