“Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.”

Kitchen Confidential

 

I did not have any exposure to Anthony Bourdain until his later television programs; The Layover and Parts Unknown. I have to say I much prefer the older more introspective and thoughtful version of Mr. Bourdain. That is not to say I didn’t enjoy his first book thoroughly. While the younger chef is certainly more brash, he’s still clearly a smart, engaging and thoughtful writer who does not shy away from sharing some of his lowest career moments with his readers.

Before Anthony Bordain was all over our televisions trying meats of questionable origin from all corners of the world, he was just a work-a-day chef in kitchens throughout the eastern seaboard. Kitchen Confidential is the story of his early years; how he first became a “foodie” during a family trip to France, his early years as an inexperienced but overly cocky young chef and his various ups and downs (including a heroin addiction) to become head chef at Les Halles in New York City. He also offers various tips on getting the most out of your fine dining experience. I’m not sure if his advice is still accurate seventeen years later, but this book made me want to do a Cook’s Tour of Manhattan.

I love food memoirs and “Kitchen Confidential” is definitely one of the most famous. While it didn’t make me want to be a chef like “My Life in France” made me want to move to Provence, it’s a solid, well written and fun memoir.

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Hello

I created this blog to post my book reviews for Cannonball Read V, but it will likely to turn into an outlet for many things. I am currently starting my final, and very busy semester in furtherance of a BA in History.  I like to garden, bake, knit, crochet and sew and I have two cats that I find endlessly entertaining.  Between now and May, most posts will be history related but I’ll do my best to mix it up a bit just in case someone other than me and Pajibans wind up reading this blog.

BP