Anthony Bourdain has single-handedly saved me this week. Imagine, terrible, body-wrenching pain. Not able to leave the bathroom for hours at a time–to the point where we rigged up an upside down hamper and a couple of pillows as a makeshift “bed” when, in the middle of the night I couldn’t hold myself upright anymore (I think J took a few pictures. I’m sure it was quite a comical sight).
But back to Tony. He is unlike any writer I have ever touched…er…read. I usually steer clear of nonfiction, but I picked up Nasty Bits at the library a few weeks ago, and flew through it in a day and a half. It was amazing. If you watch No Reservations on the Travel Channel, this book will be familiar to you. Each essay or episode, for lack of a better term, is taken straight from the show. The scenes are familiar, with Tony’s snarky comments thrown in EVERYWHERE. I loved it as much, if not more, than the show (and I’ve seen almost every episode).
I needed more. Normally, I don’t buy books at full price, I’ve explained how I use Bookins, or go to the library. I just don’t see the point in paying $15 for a book. But when I was killing time the other day while waiting on a friend, I HAD to grab Kitchen Confidential.
I devoured this book just as quickly as Nasty Bits. Tony is as amazing with words and imagery as he is, I imagine, with cassoulet. The man is just passionate about what he does. This book is dangerous, and sexy. You’ll get your hands dirty with this one, and you’ll be begging for more.
Granted, if you’re not a culinary hound, you may not enjoy Kitchen Confidential. It dives deep into the heart of professional cooking, the ends and outs of the restaurant business. However, if you enjoy food at all, Nasty Bits will make you drool.
Trust me, this will not be the last of Tony you see on this blog! I will get my hands on more of him…I mean…his books, as soon as possible!