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Anthony Bourdain Omnibus: "Kitchen Confidential", "A Cook's Tour" Paperback – August 16, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
I like Bourdain, who is at once sarcastic, dry, and worldly, and yet can be surprisingly sensitive (if you have a hard time believing this last part, read the chapter in "A Cook's Tour" on Vietnam, and particularly his interaction with the napalm victim.) He is clearly very bright, but also earthy and amazingly funny. Both of these volumes are great to read, and I recommend them highly. Of the two, "Kitchen Confidential" is my favorite mostly because I used to cook in an upscale restaurant and totally grasp everything he is saying (he speaks the truth, believe me,) whereas "A Cook's Tour" was written in conjunction with a cable television show of the same name and deals with traveling and exotic delicacies encountered far from his home in New York. While I am mildly adventurous with cuisine, I readily confess that there are a few things that Bourdain consumes that I could never overcome my aversion to: that is part of why I like these books so much; Tony will try anything once and can make the reader viscerally understand what the experience is like without actually needing to eat it themselves.
Of all authors that currently write on food or travel, Tony Bourdain is my unquestioned favorite. I highly recommend this omnibus edition to meet your literary and gustatory needs.
a wealth of action and surprising revelations, a breezily ironic writing style, and
the somehow charming bluntness of The Man himself.
What's not to like?
This long volume whisks you along like a Tokyo Bullet-train of strange characters, heroes and villains,
intense confrontations, bitter truths and sweet lies BOTH, fully-revealed, in copious quantity.
It reads FAST.
What really goes on behind the closed doors of trendy, top-end restaurant kitchens
is only a slice of the book's appeal.
Seeing the writer's painful, but inevitable growth is heartening, and his freely-admitted flaws and excesses are
never lost-in-the-sauce of this twisting, wild-mouse journey of a book.
It's like a jumpy roller-coaster roaring thru the cavernous, Hieronymous Bosch-like kitchen of a man's life.
Anthony Bourdain's life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book . I like tony bout fain a lot as a cook and writer Book could have been in better shapePublished on October 19, 2013 by Thomas schultz
Very entertaining.......great writing and very informational. The chapter about what 'NOT' to eat very good. I highly recommend this book.Published on June 22, 2013 by Kay Ogle
1. Bad Tony on the horse.
2. Admits he is not the best chef in the world.
3. Bad Tony hating on the rest of the Food Channel cooking staff.
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