Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain ft. Rafa, a real-life NYC cook

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain ft. Rafa, a real-life NYC cookBacon Phat
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Kitchen Confidential, the revolutionary memoir that changed Anthony Bourdain's life, is an exquisitely and vividly written ode to food and those who cook it.

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The episode


05:25: Anthony Bourdain and Sandra Lee

08:55: Raw dairy is legal for sale in Pennsylvania


11:00: Chef Bill Yosses's company

12:19: Hunt & Fish Club

23:55: Monter au beurre

29:30: Anthony Bourdain on cooks as outcasts

32:41: "Stock. You need it. You don’t have it."

34:10: Chef Scott Bryan 

36:25: Anthony's life before he writes Kitchen Confidential 

37:10: Won’t let his daughter eat McDonald's

37:15: Anthony on Alice Waters

50:55: Adam Real-last-name-unknown

55:45: Anthony's first food was vichyssoise and raw oysters

57:17: Why Rafa started loving food and cooking

01:04:00: Coco Pazzo Teatro

01:09:55: What the home cook should have in her home

01:13:12: Rafa's and Sasha's favorite kitchen gadgets

01:20:05: People felt the loss of Anthony personally 

01:20:50: Anthony in Istanbul in 2015


This might be Julia's all-time favorite book about food. It is certainly in her top 5 favorite books ever. Our favorite kind of writing happens in this book. Absolutes, rich, indulgent descriptions, extreme stories and details, and a wildly romantic take on life spent working in restaurants and flouting normal socially acceptable behavior. This book might make you want to drop everything, take out a large loan, buy up a closed restaurant, and start an authentic taco restaurant or bakery. (Hello, Sasha's and Julia's dreams.)

At the very least, you'll want to escape to the countryside of France, drinking wine and shucking oysters on a warm summer afternoon. Or stick your head into a Soba joint in an alley of Tokyo and treat your headache with a hearty, soul-warming bowl of noodles and bone broth. In fact, Anthony's true magic was not his writing or his cooking or his wit—it was in bringing people from around the world and fantastically different cultures together over a common thing: food.