Kitchen Confidential (by Anthony Bourdain) Discussion

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A deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—now with all-new, never-before-published material.

New York Chef Tony Bourdain gives away secrets of the trade in his wickedly funny, inspiring memoir/expose. Kitchen Confidential reveals what Bourdain calls "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine."

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  • Letitia

    * Despite his machismo and unstoppable cussing, Bourdain becomes an endearing character himself. How did you feel as you witnessed his growth throughout the book? In the end he claims he is an "asshole." What do you think?
    * Bourdain attempts to impart to the reader his adventurous spirit in trying different types of food. Did he inspire you to try sth new? What is the most daring food you've eaten?
    * Despite the celebrity chefs that abound today, do you think that Bourdain typifies the lifestyle of the normal chef?

    (from http://www.madisonpubliclibrary...­)

    See you all Tuesday!

    1 · September 21

  • Letitia

    Discussion questions:
    * What was your first instinct after reading Kitchen Confidential? Did you want to run out and eat at Les Halles, never eat at another restaurant again, throw out all your saucepans?
    * How have American attitudes toward food changed in the past decade? How are these changes chronicled throughout Kitchen Confidential?
    * Bourdain introduces the reader to many or the more extreme characters of the cooking world – Tyrone the broilerman; "Bigfoot"; Steven; Nando the Rainbow Room's pastry chef… Which are your favorites? Who do you hope never touched your food?

    September 21

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