Top critical review
Funny, interesting, not cohesive
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2018
I love Anthony Bourdain’s wit, and I loved his shows Parts Unknown and no reservations. However, I didn’t love this book because it felt even more disjointed than Kitchen Confidential, a book I enjoyed. The book is made up of a series of essays slapped together in no cohesive progression.
There are funny bits, and because I’m a fan, the biographical parts interest me. Particularly in light of him taking his own life, reading about his self-destructive behavior before he quit abusing drugs many years ago was fascinating. He describes living in the Caribbean and driving home drunk every night down curvy, mountain roads, which obviously could have led to his death and others’.
If you haven’t read him yet but are considering it, go with Kitchen Confidential.