July 27, 2011 by markstani
The ultimate macho kitchen cook, Anthony Bourdain makes Gordon Ramsey and the rest of today’s TV-testosterone junkies seem like something out of Disney. It’s a no-holds-barred barge through some of the best and most demanding restaurants on the planet. It’s been imitated plenty since, but ‘Kitchen Confidential’ will always remain muscle-cooking’s seminal tome.
In the kitchen, they were like gods. They dressed like pirates: chef’s coats with the arms slashed off, blue jeans, ragged and faded headbands, gore-covered aprons, gold hoop earrings, wrist cuffs, turquoise necklaces and chokers, rings of scrimshaw and ivory, tattoos – all the decorative detritus of the long-past Summer of Love.