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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly - Anthony Bourdain I'm something of a Bourdain addict, having first discovered him via his Travel Channel show eating his way through disturbing things in out-of-the-way locales, then via his book A Cook's Tour, so I came to Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly in a somewhat backward fashion.That said, this is a brilliant piece of work. You don't expect celebrity chefs to write this well (even if they do have a couple of works of fiction under their belts), and you assume ghostwriters come into play, but Bourdain manages to come off as completely self-effacing, while at the same time, as point-blank, often vulgar, and offensive as his television persona would suggest.Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly takes you through every back room and secret of the world's kitchens you might ever want to know (and plenty you probably don't want to know; I may never eat chicken again). However, it's impossible to not want to eat everything in sight while reading this, and none of the processed food you buy in the grocery stores, either. Bourdain speaks of food, and the cooking of same, with such love, and reverence, that you can't help but be drawn in.The book isn't without its humor, however, and the characters he describes, including himself, aren't to be missed.

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