Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Memoirs of a successful celebrity chef, and some background about what happens behind the scenes in restaurants. The book contains the best or second best quote ever: "Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. "
For the most part, this is a very entertaining and fascinating book. Anthony Bourdain certainly has lived an interesting life, both in a good way and in a “bad” way. He has been interested in food since he was nine and had a revelation during a family trip to France. He studied later at The Culinary Institute of America, and later worked at several restaurants while using copious amounts of drugs and alcohol. Later he cleaned his act and became the chief chef of an important restaurant and celebrity chef. He tells his life story in very frank and unembellished way and gives really fascinating details about how a professional kitchen works.