Trade Ed. Random House Audible 2001
CD ISBN 9780739332351 $20.00 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9780375417726 $14.96
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2001
DD ISBN 9780307933386 $76.00
If you’ve ever wondered how that boeuf en croute got to your restaurant table, this tape tells all. At warp speed, reflecting his high-energy personality, Bourdain covers chef’s training, personalities, food prep, cooks’ lifestyles (boozy and erratic), his own history (druggy), and the art of running a successful restaurant. He doesn’t stint on the gritty details or the four-letter words, so be prepared. His French pronunciation is surprisingly poor for someone who has lived in France, but his Spanish (highly recommended for communicating with the kitchen help) sounds ok. Presently the executive chef at Brassierie Les Halles in New York City, Bourdain delivers his description of one busy dinner hour at the frenetic pace required for survival there. Give this one a taste; you’ll be amused, educated, maybe a little horrified, but never bored. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 01]
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