entertaining and exciting, Bourdain's 80,000 ratings 3.96 blockbuster loses a star in my estimation for obvious hyperbole and probably some outright fiction (Bourdain also writes novels). subject to a skeptical, rigorous reader's mind, it becomes somewhat clear that Bourdain to playing to the audience-- no hire is 'lazy,' he is 'sleeping 30 hours in the storeroom;' nobody ever has 'one drink of beer,' it's 'three vodkas straight plus two pernods, a gallon of cheap red wine.' everything is presented in hyperbole and to excess, and the result, while readable and fun, grates when you have some capacity to see behind the curtain, so to speak.
I'm not sure why Bourdain feels the need to constantly depict things in larger-than-life terms. as probably the chef with the highest name recognition in America, how necessary is it for him to stack every page with exaggeration and added contrast?
3/5 but certainly a fun, adventuruous little book.
6sep 2013 reread. Upgrade three to four
Strengths def outweigh weaknesses l steakhouse interview still weak point but actually fun entertaining book