I was just home for the weekend and looked through my collection of favorite books. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain was part of my “recreational reading” during my 7th grade homeschool. Bourdain, who worked every position in a restaurant, allows the reader to experience the culinary world through his SARDONIC outlook. He uses lots of raunchy language and doesn’t know the meaning of the word GINGERLY.
Many of his stories are laugh-out-loud funny and many are informative. After reading the book, I now know what to eat when and what not to eat why. For example, it’s never an advisable strategy to eat frittatas for Sunday brunch because the chef fills them with leftovers from the previous week.
I did “read, circle, lookup,” with Kitchen Confidential. Here are some words I circled two years ago:
- SKULKED = lurked
- COMMISERATE = sympathize with
- HANDILY = easily
Kitchen Confidential is a great read and has tons of standardized test vocabulary. That’s win – win for a foodie like me.
I strongly recommend it!
- SARDONIC = sarcastic
- GINGERLY = cautious