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Is cooking really the new rock'n'roll?

AdvantagesFunny, incisive and refreshingly honest

DisadvantagesMight put some people off eating out

"A couple of years ago we were told that cooking was the new rock'n'roll. If Anthony Bourdain is to be believed, it's the new punk - it's in your face, sharp as a Sabatier knife and it makes no apologies. "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly" is a rollercoaster ride through his career from the lowly days as dishwasher in Provincetown, Cape Cod to the rocky heights of the Rockerfeller Centre's world famous "Rainbow Room". It's ..." Read review

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Sex and Drugs and Food

AdvantagesFabulous read

DisadvantagesThink carefully about what and where you eat

"Anthony Bourdain is a chef of some note, apparently, but I have to admit until I read this book, a series of biographical vignettes more than a day by day, year by year biography, I hadn’t come across him (Not that I move in many of the circles outlined here). He also, apparently is a published novelist, but I have to admit to being unable to locate any of his fiction. I look forward to the day I do, as if it is as gripping as this book, I suspect ..." Read review

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Rock 'n' roll chef's tale

AdvantagesLifts the lid on dodgy kitchen practices

DisadvantagesA little bit lightweight

"Anthony Bourdain is a good writer. His style in this book is that easy kind of flow that makes you feel like he's just talking to you. It suits this book very well. From his (drug-hazed) beginnings as a young wannabe, he charts his career in and out of restaurants and hotels with a frank and honest approach. He starts off as a hard-hitting, tell-it-like-it-is chef, but changes tack about 2/3 of the way through, to show that his way is not always ..." Read review

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