Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain on Sept 17th at Susie’s house August 15, 2008

Filed under: Books — Susan @ 3:40 pm

From Publishers Weekly
Chef at New York’s Les Halles and author of Bone in the Throat, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business. His fast-lane personality and glee in recounting sophomoric kitchen pranks might be unbearable were it not for two things: Bourdain is as unsparingly acerbic with himself as he is with others, and he exhibits a sincere and profound love of good food. The latter was born on a family trip to France when young Bourdain tasted his first oyster, and his love has only grown since. He has attended culinary school, fallen prey to a drug habit and even established a restaurant in Tokyo, discovering along the way that the crazy, dirty, sometimes frightening world of the restaurant kitchen sustains him. Bourdain is no presentable TV version of a chef; he talks tough and dirty. His advice to aspiring chefs: “Show up at work on time six months in a row and we’ll talk about red curry paste and lemon grass. Until then, I have four words for you: ‘Shut the fuck up.’ ” He disdains vegetarians, warns against ordering food well done and cautions that restaurant brunches are a crapshoot. Gossipy chapters discuss the many restaurants where Bourdain has worked, while a single chapter on how to cook like a professional at home exhorts readers to buy a few simple gadgets, such as a metal ring for tall food. Most of the book, however, deals with Bourdain’s own maturation as a chef, and the culmination, a litany describing the many scars and oddities that he has developed on his hands, is surprisingly beautiful. He’d probably hate to hear it, but Bourdain has a tender side, and when it peeks through his rough exterior and the wall of four-letter words he constructs, it elevates this book to something more than blustery memoir. (May)


August 7th, 2008-The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) Illinois Shakespeare Festival August 14, 2008

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 8:47 am

Cool Women in Attendance:  Marci, Susan E, Carolyn, Ann and Heidi


Menu:  A great picnic of cheeses, pasta, dips, deserts and wine.  All the things a girl loves!


Memorable Moments:

  • Hilarious fun watching rednecks perform Shakespeare
  • Beautiful evening for a picnic
  • Man,  Marci drives fast!

June 25th, 2008-The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre at Danda’s house

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 8:45 am

I forgot about this entry and can’t remember all the details.  Too much wine!