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Kitchen Confidential...Bourdain's experience in NYC....

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Not sure if this is on the right board, but I just re-read this book and was curious, once again, as to the places this guy worked at here in NYC. He mentions several but does not name most of them (WPA in Soho is one exeption, as I recall)...does anyone know his background as a chef? Just curious...thanks...

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  1. I thought he mentioned half a dozen of them. In any case, the cover shows him standing in front of Les Halles.

    1. I know about Les Halles...but there are several places he discuses in NYC that he does not mention by name...way before he went to Les Halles..

      1. I think in many cases the names were omitted to protect... the guilty! (Or the publisher -- no one likes a libel lawsuit. ;-)

        1. Doesn't he mention the Waldorf, or Top of the 6s?

          1. Don't forget The Rainbow Room.

            1. I'm pretty sure he mentions the rainbow room by name in the book. I may have to re-read it, but I thought that was the place that he talked about sunday brunch, and how you should never eat sunday brunch because it was a restaurant's attempt to get rid of all the crap they didn't sell on friday or saturday. Also -- there was mention of the dangers of hollandaise and bacteria...if I remember correctly.

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              1. re: DanielleM

                That put me off eating hollandaise in restaurants right there! Well, that and the part about straining the melted table butter to get the cigarette butts out!


                1. re: DanielleM

                  He does mention the Rainbow Room. But he also discusses a few places downtown..I think oone was big on steaks and I was thinking it might have been Knickerbocker. This was way before Les Halles.