Books | Biography & Autobiography / Culinary
THE CLASSIC BESTSELLER: 'The greatest book about food ever written''A compelling book with its intriguing mix of clever writing and kitchen patois ... more horrifically gripping than a Stephen King novel' Sunday Times'Extraordinary ... written with a clarity and a clear-eyed wit to put the professional food-writing fraternity to shame' Observer_____________________________After twenty-five years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain decided to tell all - and he meant 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.
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"Instant classic. Never before had a food service professional torn the curtains back to reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly of the restaurant business like Bourdain did in 1999. One of the best books I've ever read, regardless of niche, filled with sardonic, dry humor but also plenty of heart. "
"I can’t remember specifically- it’s been a long time since I read the book! But, just like his tv show, I remember and so appreciate the tidbits of information (like, don’t order fish on a Monday from a restaurant). How about you do you have a favourite part or what do you remember the most? "
"I read this mostly to understand all the food industry professionals (chefs, line cooks, dishwashers) that I know and love in my life. It really helped me understand the stress, and substance abuse issues they have. The passion and work ethic it takes to always be working, smelling like the kitchen and not wasting time changing clothes before going out at night. They are working artists and under appreciated members of our society. #favorite #memoir "
"Didn't get the hype about this book. A meh!"