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Anthony Bourdain Omnibus: "Kitchen Confidential", "A Cook's Tour" [Paperback]

Anthony Bourdain
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Book Description

16 Aug 2004
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly After twenty-five years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain has 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. A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal Bourdain sets off to eat his way around the world. But this was never going to be a conventional culinary tour. He heads to Saigon where he eats the still-beating heart of a live cobra, and travels into Khmer Rouge territory to find the rumoured Wild West of Cambodia. He also dines with gangsters in Russia, finds a medieval pig slaughter and feast in Portugal, and returns to the fishing village where he first ate oysters as a child. Written with his inimitable machismo and humour, this is an adventure story sure to give you indigestion.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (16 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747574987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747574989
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kitchen Confidential: ‘Fantastic: as lip-smackingly seductive as a bowl of fat chips and pungent aioli’ -- Daily Telegraph

‘Brilliantly written in a raw, stylish gonzo prose, with pitch-black humour and a devilish turn of phrase’ -- Evening Standard

‘Extraordinary … written with a clarity and a clear-eyed wit to put the professional food-writing fraternity to shame’ -- Observer

About the Author

Anthony Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City. He is also the author of the novels Gone Bamboo, Bone in the Throat and The Bobby Gold Stories. His latest book is Les Halles Cookbook.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Cambodia? 4 Dec 2006
The Kitchen Confidential part of the book was by far the best part for me; fresh, hilarious, useful and about the stuff Tony clearly knows best. The travels roud the world, tho still funny and well-written, got slightly tired and tick-boxy by the end, but I would still recommend this as a good read - especially the bit about returning to France. Just one question, what food was it in Cambodia that made Tony or the TV company wanna go there? hehe
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an eye opener! 17 Oct 2006
By A. Kira
I had seen a couple of episodes of A Cook's Tour and by the time I realised that there was, indeed, a book of the same title, there was an omnibus.

Both books make for incredibly enjoyable reading. The writing style is very relaxed and chatty, to the point where at times it's almost like reading a transcript. It's blunt, holds no prisoners, and can be profane.

Kitchen Confidential will change the way you look at the restaurant business. While it's primarily based on experiences in the U.S., European readers should still find it an educational experience. I went from laughing to feeling rather ill in record time, and while it has in no way killed the experience of dining out for me, I do remember certain things when I walk past the kitchen.

Never eat fish on a Monday. Don't order your steak well done. Try not to dine out on Saturdays.

A Cook's Tour is a quest for the perfect meal, and takes him all over the world, from the incredibly formal Japanese meals with geishas, to eating whole sheep roasted in a clay oven in the middle of the desert.

It's a book for people who love to travel and people who love food. It makes me want to travel far more than I have already, just to experience some of the things he writes of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for those who love food 23 April 2012
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
I really enjoy Bourdain's show `No Reservations' where he visits different parts of the world, experiencing new cultures and cuisine- and have been wanting to read one of his books for a while. This one comprises two of his travel/food memoirs so I thought it would be the ideal read.

What I appreciated upon opening the first page was that Bourdain writes in pretty much the same way as he speaks on his programmes- his voice comes through clearly in your head. There is no pretention with him, he is open and honest and whilst he knows his stuff culinary wise, he also doesn't shy away at all from painful/uncomfortable memories. The reader immediately ascertains that he is honest, particularly about his own experiences and his `misspent youth.' I came away from reading this with a lot of respect for the guy.

`Kitchen Confidential' recalls Bourdain's early childhood experiences with food and what made him decide to be a chef. It is a real insider's look at the restaurant business within the United States with some thinly veiled tips on how not to operate in a restaurant- as well as what to/not to order on a given day. It is laced with black humour but has its poignant moments too. Bourdain's `rebellious' streak comes to the fore- he can be a real bad-ass on occaision and his struggles with drugs in the 1980's is not held back. Though I enjoyed this book, some of the profanity got a bit dull towards the end- maybe that was because I was just anticipating reading book two of the omnibus?! Overall I give this 3/5.

Of the two novels, I much preferred `A Cook's Tour,' as I found myself engrossed in some of Bourdain's eating adventures in far-flung parts of the globe- Cambodia, Tokyo and... Glasgow to name but a few?!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book, a must, a must i say 24 May 2005
This is a must read to all chefs and non chefs, give it to someone after you read it just for the hell of it. I read it from introduction to the last page, including the cook tour. wow. this guy is a god, gordon ramsay seems so little compared to him. u must say that this is one of the best books i have read and being a chef it changed my way of thinking in the kitchen, and has turned me into a head chef just by stealing a few words and tips.
I expect to see some of the cooks tour out on dvd for sale soon, just to get the feel of the real life experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived brand new 13 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not sure when or how fast it arrived (I was on vacation, though I was hoping it would arrive before then) but it came with nary a scratch. Brand new. Will order from them again
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