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discuss Kitchen Confidental by Anthony Bourdain

The book, released in 2000, is both Bourdain's professional story and a behind-the-scenes look at restaurant kitchens. The book is known for its treatment of the professional culinary industry. The commercial kitchen is described as an intense, unpleasant and sometimes hazardous place of work staffed by what he describes as misfits. Bourdain believes it's no place for hobbyists and all those entering this industry will run away screaming if they lack a masochistic, irrational dedication to cooking.

The book alternates between a confessional narrative and an industry commentary, providing insightful and humorous anecdotes on the cooking trade. Bourdain details some of his personal misdeeds and weaknesses, including drug use and excessive lifestyle. He explains how restaurants function economically and the various restaurateur's tricks of which consumers should be aware. For example, he advises customers to avoid ordering fish on a Monday as the fish for Monday would be likely a remnant from the weekend or earlier. He also suggests avoiding beef well done: the meat is more likely to be from less-than-best grade as the substandard flavor would be masked in overcooking.

The book was well received critically and created a large public following. Bourdain consequently became a celebrity, even though, ironically, he is known for his put-downs of many so-called "celebrity chefs".

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  • Laura A.

    Such a great meetup....loved the tour of the kitchen but listening to J Geils band plan on the back deck was certainly icing on the cake!!
    AND..... WE ALL ATE THE BREAD!!

    3 · September 11, 2013

    • Karen H

      Awesome time had by all!

      1 · September 13, 2013

    • Lauren

      I also thought of using legendary.

      3 · September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, last minute meeting came up for the house we're just about to close on. Can't make it tonight but look forward to future events.

    September 11, 2013

  • RobC13

    Hi all just a reminder that we are meeting tonight at the Derryfield. Looking forward to seeing you all.And to those of you who were wondering is my wife is a figment of my imagination she will be attending.

    September 11, 2013

    • Laura A.

      haha...I have met her before....but, I did think that until then :)))

      September 11, 2013

  • rick M.

    Rob,
    Will be there but possibly just a tad late. I have a dinner appt at 530 but should be done in an hour. It is in Londonderry though.....so that is why I am saying a may be a few minutes late. Save me a seat!!!

    September 9, 2013

    • RobC13

      Rick Laura did make a reservation. not sure if its inside

      September 11, 2013

    • Laura A.

      yes, it's inside

      September 11, 2013

  • RobC13

    The reservation is under Laura

    September 11, 2013

  • RobC13

    Hi all,
    As we approach our meetup Weds at the Derryfield I notice we have some new people attending. For the new attendee's we are a very relaxed welcoming meetup group. If you do not finish the book we encourage you to come anyway for social interaction. I look forward to seeing you all.

    Rob

    September 6, 2013

    • rick M.

      For you new people.......don't believe him!! They are like vultures and will eat you alive if you don't finish it!!! Lol.....ok ok, total sarcasm :) it's great to see the club growing actually and we like Rob too!!

      September 6, 2013

    • Karen H

      Yes it's true, "Everybody likes Rob"!

      September 6, 2013

  • Amie M.

    Just realized the other location is up the street from me, so I'm pulling a little switcheroo. Hope to meet all the new readers at the next one!

    September 6, 2013

  • Kathy

    Has anyone else started reading "Kitchen Confidential" yet? It's much better than I expected. The author is raw with big attitude and has a colorful history and interesting way of describing events and people. He's quite unapologetically irreverent. I'm glad he wasn't my kid. (LOL) it was heartwarming that he did acknowledge what a difficult kid he was.

    Whether you like this guy and his life or not, it's a refreshingly honest look at his life and the industry. I love it!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Rob, can't tell if I'm RSVP'd for the Sept 11 book club? I'd like to go if possible... this would be my first.

    August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you have a spot available at this one at the Derryfield? Manchester works better for me.

      August 22, 2013

    • RobC13

      Yes we do.you are on the list.Look forward to meeting you

      August 22, 2013

  • RobC13

    Hi all
    I added the location

    August 21, 2013

  • DebShell

    Sorry, bad day for me. I have a ski club meeting.

    August 5, 2013

  • Jim

    Tried to respond to Rob's general info email, but apparently I don't have permissions to email the whole group. Anyway, here's what I tried to send.

    1 · July 13, 2013

    • Lorna T.

      Think it's a great idea. I would attend.

      July 13, 2013

    • Lorna T.

      I'll be there. Wherever?!

      July 24, 2013

  • RobC13

    Hi All,
    I moved people off the waiting list if the signed up for the alterante meetup with Jim. This will keep it from getting confusing if and when people cancel and wait list members are added.
    We will be posting a location soon.

    Looking forward to seeing you all.

    Rob

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Jim

      Thanks Rob!

      July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a good one, have fun everyone!

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for posting so soon. I look forward to it.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really can't wait to read this book. Thanks for putting it up.

    July 12, 2013

    • Karen H

      I'm excited to read it as well!

      July 12, 2013

  • Kathy

    Thanks, Rob! Looking forward to reading and discussing this book.
    - Kathy

    July 12, 2013

  • rick M.

    Sooooo, looks like you go your book anyways :) nice job!!!

    2 · July 12, 2013

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