Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling author Tony Bourdain is back with a new novel, his first fiction since the groundbreaking success of Kitchen Confidential.
Bobby Gold is a loveable criminal. After doing ten years in the clinker, he's out and ready for work. With not even an attempt to play it straight, he's back to breaking bones for tough guys. His turf: the club scene and restaurant racket. It's not that he enjoys the job-Bobby has real heart-but he's good at it and a guy has to make a living. Things change when he meets Nikki, the cook at a club most definitely not in his territory. Smitten, he can't stay away. Bobby Gold had known trouble before, but with Nikki the sauté bitch in his life, things take a turn for life or death.
Inspired by Fitzgerald's Pat Hobby stories, The Bobby Gold Stories is a gem of a novel featuring the best of Bourdain's work. Fans will recognize the gangster riffs of Bone in the Throat, the antics of the sexy criminal couple of Gone Bamboo, and the brilliant restaurant scenes from Kitchen Confidential. Distilled into a fast and furious, pitch-perfect story of food, sex, crimes and mayhem, The Bobby Gold Stories is sure to become a modern classic.
"[E]xplosive energy and irreverent humor....Readers will once again be delighted by Bourdain's charming, rugged sensibility, like a modern-day Damon Runyon, and his gourmet blend of wit, suspense and style." Publishers Weekly
"Bourdain whips up a Manhattan tale with Elmore Leonard flavor....Bourdain cooks as a writer. He shouldn't be afraid to get out of the kitchen." King Kaufman, The New York Times Book Review
"With a few short, sharp strokes, [Bourdain] delineates fully fleshed, deeply flawed, powerfully sympathetic characters....The chef wields his pen with the same murderously winning flair as he does his knives." Kirkus Reviews
"Not surprisingly, food is all around....But though a close encounter with a saucy female line cook adds spice, these Stories are more an appetizer than a full meal. (Grade: B)" Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly
"Bourdain cooks as a writer." --New York Times
"Bourdain is a great observer, and his profane dialogue should come with a warning: This plate is hot." --People
"The chef wields his pen with the same murderously winning flair as he does his knives." --Kirkus Reviews
"Delicate culinary conversation, flavored with streetwise bravado." --New York Daily News
"The perfect thriller-or a delicious soup du jour." --Rocky Mountain News
Bobby Gold is a lovable criminal. After nearly ten years in prison, he's no sooner out than he's back to work breaking bones for tough guys. His turf: the club scene and restaurant business. It's not that he enjoys the job-Bobby has real heart-but he's good at it, and a guy has to make a living. Things change when he meets Nikki, the cook at a club most definitely not in his territory. Smitten, he can't stay away. Bobby Gold has known trouble before, but with Nikki the sauté bitch in his life, things take a turn for life or death.
A fast, furious, pitch-perfect story of food, sex, crime, and mayhem, The Bobby Gold Stories is Bourdain at his best.
About the Author
Anthony Bourdain is the author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, which spent fourteen weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, the Urban Historical Typhoid Mary, as well as A Cook's Tour, which was turned into a successful series by the same name for the Food Network. His mystery novels include Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo. He is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City.
Review A Day
"If you're at all familiar with Kitchen Confidential
author Anthony Bourdain, you'll probably expect a lot of food in The Bobby Gold Stories
. And you'll get it. But you'll also get broken bones, heavy drinking, hardcore screwing, and more than a few dead bodies and flying bullets..." Chris Bolton, Powells.com
(read the entire Powells.com review