Melissa Rose Bernardo
May 16, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Bobby Gold Stories

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anthony Bourdain
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

After the dishy Kitchen Confidential and his Cook’s Tour of extreme eats, chef/author Bourdain carves up some mystery meat. In a novel owing more to The Sopranos than the Food Network, Bourdain gives us Bobby Gold, a Mob thug with heart — he dispenses Demerol to his victims — and an unexpectedly sophisticated palate. (Preferred late-night nosh: bone marrow on toast.) Not surprisingly, food is all around, from monkfish to ”white f — -ing truffle” risotto; one slimeball is aptly named Eddie Fish. But though a close encounter with a saucy female line cook adds spice, these Stories are more an appetizer than a full meal.

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