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Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' a Bestseller Again

Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' a Bestseller Again
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By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 01:32 PM

Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential," the book that helped make the celebrity chef and world traveler a star after its release in 2000, has returned to the bestseller lists in the weeks after his shocking suicide death.

"Kitchen Confidential" reached No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list in the combined print and e-book nonfiction category, beating out "Calypso" by David Sedaris, and "The Soul of America" by Jon Meacham."

CNN reported that Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his series "Parts Unknown" when his friend, French chef Eric Ripert, found him unresponsive in his hotel room on June 8. French authorities said his death was suicide by hanging. He reportedly used the belt from a hotel bathrobe.

The New York Post reported a day after his death that "Kitchen Confidential" was the No. 1 paperback edition on Amazon.com's best-seller list. His 2010 follow up to "Kitchen Confidential," "Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook," rose to No. 5 on the hardcover list.

Other Bourdain books that returned to the hardcover top 10 were "Appetites: A Cookbook," which was released in 2016, at No. 6, while his 2005 "Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook" was No. 8, and 2002's "A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines" was No. 9, according to the Post.

CNN said "Kitchen Confidential" recounted the more than two decades he spent in the trenches of cramped restaurant kitchens, working long hours and indulging vices from booze to heroin. Bourdain would rise to become the executive chef of a posh Manhattan restaurant.

"There are also extraordinary passages here, written with a clarity and a clear-eyed wit to put the professional food writing fraternity to shame. His account of a day in the life of a chef is a tour de force," Jay Rayner, a book reviewer for The Guardian, said of "Kitchen Confidential."

The book became a hit on The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list its first time around and eventually translated into more than two dozen languages, according to CNN.

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