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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Paperback – 19 Apr 2001
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I chanced across this book and was fascinated from the first pages. The author doesn't just tell you things, he shows you them - a key differentior of great writing. He uses smell, texture, taste to add flavour to the writing. He makes the facts interesting by personalising the account: "it is one of the central ironies of my career that as soon as I got off heroin, things started getting really bad". And the book has a strong beginning, middle and end: with a number of different themes - childhood, cooking school, management, finance, owning a restaurant ("to want to own a restaurant can be a terrible affliction...) - woven into a cohesive story.
There are lots of clever techniques in this book, it would be interesting to see them applied to other industries and professions.
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