Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Nonfiction Annotation - "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain

I chose to read a nonfiction book because, well, I do not normally like to read nonfiction. Sure, occasionally I will find something that interests me, and it usually is some sort of insider look at my rock idols, but I decided to switch it up a bit. I am a fan of Anthony Bourdain from watching his television shows for several years, and I was interested to learn that he essentially became famous because of a book he wrote while working as a chef in New York City. That book ruffled a few feathers and gained a lot of attention. So I have finally sat down to read it.

As I previously mentioned, it chronicles his time and gives an insider look at what it is like to work as a chef in New York City. However, it goes back much further than that, all the way back to his childhood and the first time he ever actually cared about what he was eating, which just so happened to be in France. From then on, Bourdain decided to fear no food and enjoy as much as he possibly could. This eventually led to him working in crappy restaurants as a dishwasher and then line cook during summers off of college, then to him dropping out of college and going to the Culinary Institute to become a chef.

The book also gives the reader an education in food, cooking, and the language and "tribe" mentality of cooks/chefs. If you enjoy learning about real life people, enjoy a good laugh and are not easily offended by the crude, you will enjoy this book.

1 comment:

  1. I love to eat out - not sure if I want to read this book.