Kitchen Confidential

by Anthony Bourdain | Cooking, Food & Wine | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0747553556 Global Overview for this book
Registered by UrbanSpaceman of Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on 2/25/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by UrbanSpaceman from Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 25, 2006
Onto the TBR pile...

Journal Entry 2 by UrbanSpaceman from Kingston upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Bourdain's account of his career suggests, at least initially, that haute cuisine is powered by a recipe of machismo, malevolence and masochism and executed by a caste of degenerates, drug-addicts and drop-outs. I'm sure this is partly true and it certainly makes for a highly-entertaining anecdotal storyline.

He somewhat undermines his thesis (and admits this), though, in his chapter about Scott Bryan (who he says is a better chef than him) whose kitchen is the antithesis of Bourdain's hellish chaos - calm, capable and controlled. Bourdain's world is the way it is because he's spent his culinary life almost entirely in New York and he gets off on the testosterone-loaded side of things, I think. As he would be the first to admit, he's an arrogant SOB.

Also, he is, from my point of view, woefully informed about the motivations for vegetarianism and also the possible quality of vegetarian food. Perhaps this is not entirely suprising from a man who can cheerfully face boiling lobsters, eating oysters and filleting fish, all while the animals are still alive.

The above notwithstanding, though, this is an interesting, entertaining and readable book, containing useful snippets of information and insight into the world of commercial cooking.

Journal Entry 3 by JemimaJ from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, May 13, 2006
Left over at the Meetup but recommended by UrbanSpaceman so is on my TBR pile.

Journal Entry 4 by JemimaJ at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Oops 7 and a bit years later and not yet read so taking along to Hampstead meetup tonight.

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