Kitchen Confidential

I am no professional chef, nor have I had any professional training, so I do not think I am on the same level as this amazing chef. 

Anthony Bourdain details his cooking journey. 

Beyond the culinary insights, “Kitchen Confidential” touches on Bourdain’s personal journey, his struggles with addiction, and his eventual rise to fame. While most of us cannot relate to a rise to fame, we can relate to addiction troubles. Before you judge, addiction is not just the hard drugs. Food addictions and addictions to “legal” drugs like alcohol and cigarettes are real.

The book also addresses the challenges of maintaining a work-life balance in an industry notorious for demanding sacrifices.

His love and passion for food are palpable throughout the book, and his narrative resonates with those who have a genuine appreciation for the culinary arts. He encourages readers to approach food with a sense of adventure and curiosity, and his eloquent descriptions of dishes and ingredients can be both mouthwatering and enlightening.

Overall, “Kitchen Confidential” is a captivating read that offers an unfiltered glimpse into the world of professional kitchens, while also touching on broader themes of passion, ambition, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. Anthony Bourdain’s unique voice and perspective make this memoir a must-read for food enthusiasts, aspiring chefs, and anyone intrigued by the inner workings of the restaurant industry.

I would suggest getting the edition that has his handwritten notes in the book. I found it added a real layer. If you love his voice, as I do, get the audiobook as well.

Having his voice walk you through his journey is nothing short of amazing.