Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (review by Ms. Green, Harker teacher)

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary UnderbellyKitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Warning! This book will make you think twice about the restaurant industry! Anthony Bourdain’s story of his start in the restaurant industry includes some tips of the restaurant trade as well as a colorful narrative of how he climbed the ranks. He talks about how chefs interact with each other, how menus are decided, the hierarchy of a restaurant, and how it takes a special personality to survive as a professional cook. One of my take-aways? Beware the special menu items! Kitchen Confidential does contain strong language as Chef Bourdain is painting a picture of the hard life in the restaurant business, but I recommend it to those who want to learn more about the food industry and how restaurants work behind the scenes. I appreciated learning about how kitchens operate and how hard it is to make it in this industry. – Ms. Green, Harker teacher

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