|Plot Summary of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly|
|"This book is what made Anthony Bourdain a celebrity, and is an account of his love affair with food and his progress from dishwasher to chef. In addition to memoirs of his life and anecdotes about people he's met, there are useful chapters about kitchen tools, what foods to avoid in restaurants and a chapter on kitchen jargon. "
Jˇhanna, Resident Scholar
|"Bourdain tells all about the events in France during his youth that led to his becoming a chef, the three types of people who become professional cooks, and the things that make the lifestyle at times difficult, unique, challenging, grueling, intense, and incredible. He tells of his early fascination with food, eventual education at the Culinary Institute of America, and working his way up from dishwasher to Executive Chef of Les Halles in NYC. Along the way he takes jobs in Provincetown, Baltimore and Tokyo and gets hooked on drugs.
As he recounts his life story to this point, he dispenses advice on cooking tools to own, what it takes to cook like the pros, when to order certain foods at restaurants (Never get the fish on Monday or mussels ever!), and other pointers. Be warned, this is not a book for your ten-year old budding Emeril to read (Bourdain calls him an fuzzy Ewok). Kitchen Confidential is laced with abundant profanity, graphic sexual imagery, and hardcore drug use. Anthony Bourdain said in 2000 that the things he wrote in his book would never get him his own show on The Food Network. He was wrong, in fact the things he writes about made him a celebrity and in 2003 he got his own show "A Cook's Tour"."
David Fletcher, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- druggie/wino disease
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- New York
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
- very happy
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- actual description of hetero sex
Lot of foul language?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
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