May 13, 2008
As you all know, if Tony Bourdain and I met in a dark alley, he would be in trouble. Baby making trouble. I find him so extremely cool and sexy, it is very disturbing - he is 52 years old, I'm thirtysomething. He has all the traits in a man that I go nuts for:
1) He swears, hard core.
2) He doesn't seem to be much likable and really doesn't care if he's liked by anyone else or not.
3) He cooks, smokes, drinks and dresses like a man. Not that metrosexual crap. Ugh.
Anyway, I decided (after a few years) to give Kitchen Confidential a try. You know when this happens, you know of a book for years and you find shit excuses not to buy it... when in fact you are missing out on a great read. This is exactly what happened and I now consider myself a total idiot for letting all that time pass.
This book is über cool. (Hey Restrictions, I used über!) It's the life of Bourdain, simple and to the point. No bullshitting around. We start off when he first discovers oysters and decides that he wants to do something with food at an early age... to the drug induced years cooking at Manhattan. Contrary to other biographies, this one is hard core. You get a sense that Tony... (can I call you Tony, my sweet babe?) just wanted to cook and get paid. He was a normal dude, but when he finished writing this book he became larger than life, a total accident.
Mix his cool ass stories about trying to make it as a cook with how people work in kitchens and you have a book that I would double dare you to let down for even a second. This book will make you not eat fish on Mondays and think twice about the bread in your restaurant. But, more importantly, you will get how much people fight, sweat and bleed for you to get your Filet Mignon on. The amount of work behind a kitchen is simply amazing, and I for one didn't realize how much it took.
If you are searching for a book that will not fry your head (think Narnia or some polar bear action packed book), let the chef do the mental bouillon for you.
Long live 52 year old sexy men who cook.
Posted by Me at 6:51 PM