Discuss Kitchen Confidental by Anthony Bourdain Meetup #2 for Waitlisted Readers

Scheduling this for all the readers who were waitlisted for the original discussion. Will set a location later based on consensus or location of all of you.

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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  • Lisa M.

    Had a great time. Really enjoyed meeting you all.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • kathy

    Th

    1 · September 12, 2013

    • kathy

      False start. Thanks for setting up the second group for the waitlisted. Really enjoyed my first book group meet up.

      1 · September 12, 2013

  • Diane

    Thoroughly enjoyed myself!

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Lorna T.

    So sorry I can't make it. Have a medical issue, definitely.
    under the weather. Looking forward to meeting you all in the near future.


    Enjoy
    Lorna

    September 11, 2013

    • Diane B

      feel better quickly. You'll be missed.

      2 · September 11, 2013

    • Lorna T.

      Thank you so much Diane, feeling better but of to the Doc today, nothing serious. Think Bette Davis said, "getting old is not for sissies."

      1 · September 12, 2013

  • Diane B

    great book club, people and discussions. Thanks to all.

    2 · September 11, 2013

  • Jim

    All, hopefully spots will open up, but right now both parking lots are full. The valets told me that people sometimes park in Dunkin Donuts. The other option is if some of you want to meet at the Cinemagic lots and carpool from there. Feel free to call me or text if you are having parking issues and I'll figure something out. [masked]

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • kathy

    Hi all, just a heads up. I am en route . Probably will be about 20 minutes late though. See you soon.

    September 11, 2013

  • Matthew F.

    Sorry, I was called into work at the last minute.

    September 11, 2013

  • Michelle

    I didn't get a chance to read the book, but I will be there anyway tonight.

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Kathy S

    Son has last minute school event. Sorry to miss!

    September 11, 2013

  • Jim

    Hi all, the reservations are under my name, Jim West, for 7pm. You can also just tell them you're with the book club. See you all tomorrow night!

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Kim

    Thank you, Jim. The book was so enjoyable but contained many words and terms unfamiliar to me. I was doing a lot of "research," but it was fun! Needless to say, I appreciate your post! Looking forward to Wednesday.

    September 7, 2013

    • Jim

      Wish i had found it sooner. Already had looked up the majority of the terms.

      September 7, 2013

  • kathy

    Thanks for posting that Jim! Most helpful. See you on the 11th.

    September 7, 2013

  • Jim

    I found this tonight.... http://onleac.blogspot.com/2006/09/kitchen-confidential.html?m=1 It's saved me from having to go to the dictionary/Wikipedia/Google constantly. Hope it helps you all too!

    2 · September 6, 2013

  • Chris K.

    Afraid I need to back out. Lucked into tickets for Pats opening day and am going to need Wed night to get everything ready for the Thu night game.

    September 4, 2013

    • Jim

      Lucky you! I'm jealous! Have a great time! See ya at the next one.

      1 · September 6, 2013

  • Lorna T.

    As long as I have my GPS I have no preference

    1 · August 5, 2013

    • Lorna T.

      Unfortunately my GPS was stolen (really), however guess there is always map quest. Common Man works for me.

      September 5, 2013

  • Colleen N.

    Have a work commitment that night can't make it. Have a great discussion, see you at the next one.

    September 4, 2013

    • Jim

      Bummer, you'll be missed! You can email or put your thoughts about the book here and I'll read them at the meetup... that way you can participate "virtually" :-P

      September 4, 2013

    • Chris K.

      I had to back out as well. I lucked into tickets for Pats opening day and going to need Wed night to get everything prepped for the Thu night game. :-)

      September 4, 2013

  • Jim

    Based on the feedback, I have selected the Common Man. Looking forward to seeing you all.

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Diane B

    Common Man in Merrimack sounds fine to me! Actually, they all are good choices.

    August 5, 2013

  • Kim

    All of the mentioned locations work for me. I look forward to meeting everyone!

    August 5, 2013

  • Sonia

    Lilac Blossom, Giorgio's, and Common Man would work... and are all close by my office so I'll just stay late that night :)

    August 5, 2013

  • pattysunny

    The Common Man in Merrimack works for me!

    August 5, 2013

  • Jim

    So some thoughts on locations. Please let me know your preference and whether you've been to any of them and if it was a good or bad experience. All are in Merrimack. Buckley's Great Steaks, Common Man, Sweet Ginger, Tortilla Flat, Giorgio's, Lilac Blossom.

    July 28, 2013

  • pattysunny

    Thanks for adding another group! I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.

    July 23, 2013

  • RobC13

    Hi all if you signed up for Jims meet up please change your status to not going if you are on the waiting list for the other meet up that night.

    July 23, 2013

  • Diane B

    thanks for the opportunity. Might it be planned for the Nashua/Merrimack area?

    July 23, 2013

  • Kathy S

    Great idea to add meeting!

    July 23, 2013

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