Kitchen Books

Just recently I read the following kitchen books. So if you are in the mood for some food stories read these:

Anthony Bourdain: Geständnisse eines Küchenchefs

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain


“Kitchen Confidential is for diners who believe that their sublime sliver of seared foie gras, topped with an ethereal buckwheat blini and a drizzle of piquant huckleberry sauce, was created by a culinary artist of the highest order, a sensitive, highly refined executive chef. The truth is more brutal. More likely, writes Anthony Bourdain, that elegant three-star concoction is the collaborative effort of a team of “wacked-out moral degenerates, dope fiends, refugees, a thuggish assortment of drunks, sneak thieves, sluts and psychopaths,” in all likelihood pierced or tattooed and incapable of uttering a sentence without an expletive or a foreign phrase. Such is the muscular view of the culinary trenches from one who’s been groveling in them, with obvious sadomasochistic pleasure, for more than 20 years.

Bourdain, currently the executive chef of the celebrated Les Halles, wrote two culinary mysteries before his first (and infamous) New Yorker essay launched this frank confessional about the lusty and larcenous real lives of cooks and restaurateurs. He is obscenely eloquent, unapologetically opinionated, and a damn fine storyteller–a Jack Kerouac of the kitchen. Those without the stomach for this kind of joyride should note his opening caveat: “There will be horror stories. Heavy drinking, drugs, screwing in the dry-goods area, unappetizing industry-wide practices. Talking about why you probably shouldn’t order fish on a Monday, why those who favour well-done get the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel, and why seafood frittata is not a wise brunch selection…. But I’m simply not going to deceive anybody about the life as I’ve seen it.” –Sumi Hahn –This text refers to the Hardcover edition. ”

Sunday Times

‘More gripping than a Stephen King novel.’

You will read it like you were reading a thriller. All sex and drugs and rock’nroll . Great fun!

After hthis book I immediately had to read this:

Kulinarische Katastrophen weltberühmter Köche. Nicht zur Nachahmung empfohlen. Bloomsbury Auflage: 1 (Oktober 2006)

I bought this book because I already knew the story of Ferran Adria of “el bulli “and the lobsters.

The story is just superb and I loved it. Unfortunately it is the best story in the book and it is always a bit disappointing if you know the best bit already. Never the less I enjoyed the book. It contains some very funny short stories.

For dessert I suggest this:

Schott’s Food and Drink Miscellany. Ben Schott

Schotts Sammelsurium Essen & Trinken

Bloomsbury; Auflage: 1 (September 2006)

“From the mind that brought you Schott’s Original Miscellany comes a collection of vital irrelevance and uncommon knowledge surrounding the worlds of food and drink. Schott’s Food And Drink Miscellany is a snapper up of unconsidered trifles (in both senses of the word) – from food history to cooking terms; cocktail recipes to dining etiquette; grace before meals to after-dinner toasts. What other book can tell you the accepted procedure when drinking from a Loving Cup; which potatoes are best for mashing; how to fold your napkins into a variety of pleasing shapes; the correct technique for lighting a cigar, or a Christmas pudding; or how to make the legendary ‘Monster Egg’? Schott’s Food And Drink Miscellany offers all this – and more. It will inform you of the King who served foie gras to his dog; the feast where guests ate in fear of their lives; the socialite who spiked his punch with benzedrine; and the dining club whose members ate their meals in reverse. An ‘olla podrida’ of all that is pertinent to wining, dining and socialising, Schott’s Food And Drink Miscellany offers everything for the food-lover, wine-drinker, gastronome and glutton.”