Kitchen Confidential



A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—now with all-new, never-before-published material.

New York Chef Tony Bourdain gives away secrets of the trade in his wickedly funny, inspiring memoir/expose. Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.” (Summary and book cover courtesy of


This book is fantastic.  Though often slightly disjointed and ADD, the overall package of "Kitchen Confidential" was a pleasure to read.  Anthony Bourdain provides a great narrative describing how he fell in love with cooking, how the restaurant business "really" works, and the lovable, but twisted family that keeps it all running.  I blew through this book because it was a great mixture of personal stories with discussions of 'the way things work' behind the scenes.  I would not recommend reading this on a plane, as I did, because airplane food will then become particularly disappointing.  I will be making a reservation at a nice restaurant in the very near future!  Next up will be to read some of Bourdain's other books as well.

Warning: Vulgarity

Rating: 4 stars! 

Who should read it?  Fans of cooking, restaurants and the TV show "No Reservations".