Tuesday, May 15, 2007


By Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is an adventurous chef. He has a show on The Travel Channel in which he visits exotic locations and tries the local cuisine.

In this book, he breaks down the life of a chef and compares it to a pirate's life. He runs a kitchen of rogues and minions and braggarts. They are rough and full of testosterone...even the women. These people were never meant for the 9 to 5 life. They live on the edge of society and like it.

Bourdain, himself, has endured a romance with various drugs and remains a very heavy drinker and smoker.

While I know that this book reflects the worst and most extreme circumstances of restaurant life, I found it enlightening and immensely entertaining . There is a disdain for wait staff and customer alike. Bartenders, however, are held in very high regard.

Just a few tips garnered from reading this book:
Never order fish on Sunday. Especially if you see some form of fish "dish" on a brunch menu.
Eat out on Tuesday or Thursday. Week-ends are busy and the only effort being made in the kitchen is to get the food out...quickly... and turn the tables.
Never, ever request sauce on the side.

All in all, a very good, light read.

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