Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (updated edition)

I find Anthony Bourdain to be incredibly entertaining and Kitchen Confidential doesn't disappoint. Even better, this was an audiobook read by Bourdain himself. I've been a fan of his show No Reservations on the Travel Channel ever since Ryan Ozawa and his wife Jen clued me in via their podcast HawaiiUp.

This book is a autobiography of his crazy life working his way up the culinary world. It's filled with his insights into the seedier side of cooking culture. Also it makes for a good education in what it takes to survive the heat of the kitchen.

His language can make a sailor blush at times, but I recommend it to anyone who thinks they can stomach it... and watch his show too!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

There and Back Again


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Thought I'd throw out a post just to have something on here. Bridget, the kids, and I got back last week from a trip to Illinois to visit my wife's grandparents. That's over 2,000 miles in my Dad's Tahoe, which he so kindly let us borrow. Filling that monster up with gas was expensive, but better than a car rental payment + gas or plane tickets.

We survived and had a great time. Happy to back though, and even happier to get into my swivel chair in my office at work. It's so quiet in my office, very refreshing after a week with my very vocal children. I love them to bits, but after the 50th time of hearing "What'cha doin?" you long for a moments silence.

My parents just left for a trip of their own, so our babysitters are gone. We'll make up for it by crashing at their house and eating all their food. I'll probably even use my old shower at least once while their out. Love that shower, small tomb of a thing that steams up like a sauna. And it has a door, not a shower curtain... oh, it's the little things that make life good.