Kitchen Confidential

by Anthony Bourdain

Quick take

Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Why I love it

Prior to the release of Kitchen Confidential in 2000, an excerpt appeared in the New Yorker. The entire industry reacted'”either with entertained amusement or with shocked anger. When the article became the book, rumors were flying about the controversial exposes and I was told repeatedly that Le Bernardin was mentioned several times. So I read the book'”the first book I ever read in English'”and ...

Member thoughts

  • Amanda G.

    Cleburne, TX

    "Mr. Bourdain has enlightened me. Never again will I do brunch! "

  • Ashlee G.

    Overland Park, KS

    "I can't say enough good things about this book! I'm a HUGE Anthony fan and this book didn't disappoint. If you want an honest and brutal look into the restaurant industry, read this book!!"

  • Katherine T.

    Arlington, VA

    "I actually got this book as a surprise for my husband and he absolutely loved it! Now I'm going to have to read it!"

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    Miami Lakes, FL


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    Houston, TX


  • Stacy L.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "The book had some interesting parts but moved slower than I would have thought. And Anthony Bourdain is just such an ass. "

  • Elexa R.

    Rockledge, FL

    "I would have liked this more if it had a clearer organization. It kind of seemed all over the place. "

  • Eliza S.

    Salt Lake City, UT

    "Loved Bourdain's voice, but the book fell flat for me, not engaging enough"