by Sukey HowardSeptember, 2001
Something's cooking in the kitchen
Anthony Bourdain is a chef who can really dish. He can also write with style and read his words with an actor's skill. His book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly is a walk on the wild side of haute cuisine that could only be led by a veteran insider. It's also a fearlessly honest memoir and an unusual look at the making of a chef. Behind the swinging kitchen doors of even the most elegant, expensive restaurants is a world of sex, drugs, alcohol, petty principalities and hellish hard work. Bourdain has lived it all firsthand, and he bears witness with wit and accumulated wisdom. You don't have to be a foodie, full-blown or fringe, to find Bourdain's revelations riveting. And though you may never think about restaurant food in quite the same way, don't miss this audio.