great book that transcends foodie genre,
This review is from: Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) (Paperback)
i picked this up after becoming addicted to bourdain's travel channel show -- no reservations. this book is what jettisoned the previously unknown NYC chef into the spotlight.
as with his show, the appeal here extends way beyond cooking. i for one have little to no interest in cooking (though bourdaine's take on it is fascinating). to me, bourdain is a great writer and countercultural commentator who happens to be a chef. imagine a mix of hunter thompson & keith richards with a chef's background and you have bourdaine. it's all here -- drugs, sex, horrible bosses, new york city sleaze.
intelligent, insightful, hilariously funny, well-written, scathingly honest, this is a wonderful book.