Reading A la carte

I have a band of books I read over and over again that have quite a range.

images-2 I go from Pride and Prejudice to Movable Feast, images-3 Out of Africa, Why Sinatra Matters seguing into, Take the Cannoli, The Killer Angels, Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice, holidays_on_ice sliding into Good Dog Carl for a big, wacky finish. images-3

That’s quite a buffet if you ask me.  But the book I’m reading for the 10th time says it all about personal preferences and hangin by your hinges humor, and that’s…

Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain (2000).

Like discovering sex again when you’re 60, or dry-humping for the first time, you’re encapsulated by the whole experience.  His candor about a chef’s life coming up through the ranks letting it all hang out like the entrails of one of his tenderloins, gleans him so much respect from this Connecticut girl, who’s guilty going out without her cardigan, let alone pants brandishing her butt cheeks.

His advice on dining out has become legendary.  Don’t eat mussels, or any fish for that matter, on a Monday, staying clear of the word special, since it’s code for old.

And if a bistro’s bathroom is dirty, imagine what its kitchen looks like.

He hates vegetarians and finicky eaters because, as he so plainly puts it, your body isn’t a temple, it’s a fucking amusement park.

His willingness to blow his cover about his former heroin habit, early humiliating trials working for crazy foodies, living from hand to mouth while lovingly learning his craft, has earned him a place in the literary food world more than an Emeril or Bobby Flay thanks to his, as the New York Times aptly put it…

Comic vision that goes beyond original.  It is deliciously depraved.

You need a laugh, especially at 3 a.m.?  Anthony is a great guy to snuggle up to since, he always gets it up, doesn’t matter how many times you need him too…

and he cooks.

How many men can you say that about?



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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30 Responses to Reading A la carte

  1. Susannah, I remember once mentioning to you how I wasn’t crazy about Anthony Bourdain. But I must say that after your revisiting his book and offering these little snippets from it, I must say I like the honesty and the way it is presented, enough so that I now wanna read it! Book reviewer really suits you. :O)

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  2. Susannah on a Sunday! What a treat! I heard that about specials but not about seafood. Makes sense. That’s quite a reading list!

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  3. Hal & Kate says:

    This was extremely funny ! And I also learned a lot, specials, fish,( I don’t eat on any day) dirty rest rooms, BS about your body being a temple….your right, it is more like an amusement park. Excellent post today !


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    • Then you should read him. He’s written quite a few books but that’s his best in my opinion. He’s almost too honest. I gave it to a friend who’s afraid if she reads it she may never eat again. Even at home lol


  4. Rob says:

    My first holiday sans parents taught me a valuable lesson. Five lads away to Eyam on the mopeds for a week and none of us could cook. We had baked beans breakfast, lunch and dinner: they get rather tiresome after a week. I vowed to imbibe the culinary arts on my return.

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  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, one bad clam almost ruined my life when I was a young teen. My parents actually bought the steamed clams from a roadside stand on a sweltering day. I don’t know if it was Monday or not. I’m looking forward to a good read with Kitchen Confidential. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  6. Elle Knowles says:

    I think I may read A Movable Feast Again. Or rather listen to it because I have it on Audible. This time H can listen with me if I do it while traveling. You’ve mentioned Kitchen Confidential before. I’ll have to look it up. Thanks for the reviews Susannah… ~Elle

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  7. Coyote from Orion says:

    Hemingway a favorite. Sun also Rises. Old man and the sea just about a perfect piece of writing. Liked Islands in the Stream though many didn’t

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