OverBooked: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

“Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

Why I chose this book:

I have always been a fan Bourdain since getting hooked on his shows like The Layover, No Reservations and Parts Unknown. He has influenced many of my travel destinations and even showed me gems in my own town of Seattle. Having worked in the restaurant and food industry for years of my life, I loved the banter, stress and hidden secrets that comes with working in food industry.


This book perfectly describes the tough and gritty but almost addictive industry that comes with food. The way he describes every noun with at least three adjectives adds an incredibly descriptive tone and voice to his writing that makes me want to grab a pen and start writing myself. It’s easy to see how he got so many TV deals with his amazing writing because you get the gritty and realness of Bourdain. Naturally I had to do this as an audiobook. He doesn’t hold back in his language and detail of what happens behind closed doors and many parts are incredibly relatable for anyone that has worked in the food industry.


  • Don’t order seafood on Mondays

  • You can make gourmet food with just 5 ingredients

  • Find a favorite restaurant and become a regular


This deep dive into the back of house relationships, drug use, slow rise in the ranks of kitchen, with all of the back and forth banter makes this read go by incredibly fast. If you want to get into the restaurant industry, you best have some thick skin and late night readiness.

Recommended for:

Anyone that has worked in the restaurant industry or just a big fan of Bourdain that hasn’t read his books.

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