In a book that shocked the American public, Anthony Bourdain opens the kitchen door and describes all that goes into fine dining experiences.
I've always been a fan of Bourdain, and not having read Kitchen Confidential felt like salt in the wound after his untimely death. It's so utterly Bourdain -- sardonic, playful, honest, and a bit crass when he wants to be. He's the ultimate celebrity chef even as he decries Emeril and the entire concept.
It's gritty, it's real, it's horrifying, and it's laugh-out-loud funny at parts. Even as he tries to convince you that this isn't a lifestyle that anyone should want, he makes it sound sexy, exciting, and wholly consuming. His voice rings through with every sentence, and it's sometimes painful to read, knowing as we do now how the story turns out.
Reading this book made me fall in love with Anthony Bourdain all over again. We're lucky that his words live on and that they're such a pleasure to read.