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A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

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Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood, Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061998065
0061998060
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 281 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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susan_findlay
Feb 22, 2017

I received two food-related books for Christmas. While the other one was more information-packed, this one was a much more entertaining read. Mostly, it feels like reading a well-written gossip rag or soap opera. Definitely a good choice for a quick light read. If you've ever watched Parts Unknown, Bourdain writes exactly as he speaks. Which means there is the occasional swear word. So, if that'll bother you, stay away. But I am not one who swears or particularly appreciates swearing, and it wasn't enough to bother me.

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llocas
Aug 25, 2015

A very good book, if you can put up with all that swearing!

oldhag Jun 06, 2014

A little food, many sexual metaphors, and a lot of profanity. Amusing, but not worth buying.

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markjpena31
Jun 04, 2014

I loved this book

KingKull2112 May 28, 2014

Bourdain does it again. Writing more about the food industry and his enemies at the Food Network, he shines light on places where the sun don't shine and gets paid doing it. And we love it the entire time.

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bexrecca
Jul 26, 2012

This is classic Bourdain. If you loved Kitchen Confidential and can't get enough of his show No Reservations, this is the book for you. He's brutally honest about everything from his addiction to cocaine and heroin to what is and isn't wrong at the Food Network and even his former opinions. A fast read, perfect for summer and all foodies.

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VRMurphy
Jun 21, 2012

Classic Bourdain, and a follow-up (in a way) to "Kitchen Confidential".

roadshowrigoletto Nov 04, 2011

Worth the read. Entertaining. His critique of something so popular as the Food Network is spot-on. An enterprise less interested in food I can't imagine. They peddle celebrity. A sort-of 'low rent' celebrity, too.

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Jennmro
Jun 21, 2011

I've not seen much of Anthony Bourdain on TV but I enjoy his style of writing, so although a lot of what he's talking about is outside my realm of experience, I enjoy how opinionated he is and his colorful way of expressing said opinions! While most of this book felt like a rant, its well written, easy to read, and entertaining!

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alitat77
Feb 07, 2011

If you are offended by strong language or annoyed by long overly descriptive passages... this may not be the book for you. If you were expecting Kitchen Confidential... this may not be the book for you. If you watch Anthony Bourdain's tv shows and don't really cook or take much interest in foodie things... this also, you guessed it, might not be the book for you.

But then again, you should give it a chance and try it.

I find Anthony's writing to be refreshing, brave, and sound much like how he speaks. I do get a bit lost in some areas, like when he goes on and on describing (comic book style) an imagined scene of his wife pulling out her martial arts skills on Sandra Lee.

I like his description about WHY he dislikes the Food Network. I couldn't agree more and, perhaps because I was on his wave length, tended to not along with other portions of the book as well.

An easy read. Worth checking out, but not worth buying... IMHO, a book this easy/quick to read is a waste of good book store funds! Better to check it out and then pass it on to the next person waiting in the wings.

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debwalker Oct 03, 2011

"I come from a house filled with books. I had very good English teachers in high school. I was something of a reading prodigy when I was a little kid. When I was in kindergarten, I stole my parents' copy of Why Johnny Can't Read. It angered me that they would have such a book, and I read the whole thing. I was reading way ahead of my grade level for all of grammar school and beyond. I read very quickly. I read a lot. I read widely. It is a pleasure for me, a passion."

--Anthony Bourdain in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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