from my bookshelf: kitchen confidential by anthony bourdain


kitchen confidential is a gorgeous story about anthony bourdain’s experiences in childhood, chef school, and beyond. in typical bourdain fashion, it’s smart, funny, and painful. on a lighter note, it also includes great tips for those of us who aren’t professional chefs, but hope to up our cooking game at home.


“I had had an adventure, tasted forbidden fruit and everything that followed in my life–the food, the long and often stupid and self-destructive chase for the next thing, whether it was drugs or sex or some other new sensation–would all stem from this moment.”

“Like I said before, your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

“All cooks are sentimental fools. And in the end, maybe it is all about the food.”

“I tend to get philosophical on Sunday mornings; it’s an activity well suited to my current physical condition, when even lighting cigarettes is difficult, and the chamber pots my brother and I would see in the old house in La Teste de Buch seem like an attractive and sensible option.”

“Though I’ve spent half my life watching people, guiding them, trying to anticipate their moods, motivations and actions, running from them, manipulating and being manipulated by them, they remain a mystery to me. People confuse me.”

“I’ll be right here. Until they drag me off the line. I’m not going anywhere. I hope. It’s been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”