Kitchen Confidential

Cover of "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain
Cover of “Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain

Just finished this one after taking almost a year to read it. The thing is, you only get to read a really great book once for the first time. I’m more aware of that now than I was before.

From my journal…

Finished “Kitchen Confidential.” I’m still moved by Bourdain’s death in a way that makes no sense. I guess, in a way, we feel a resonance with people whose minds might be a bit like our own. To see one go down in flames is a bit much. It’s a strange hurt for someone we don’t know. It’s difficult to understand (for me).

In any case, the book is brilliant. It has a savage and building rhythm and I think that’s why people liken him to HST. But he wasn’t HST. I get it, he just wasn’t. He was himself. And that’s more important.

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