The Bobby Gold Stories 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 Bobby Gold Stories 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… Fiction
Book Review

THE BOBBY GOLD STORIES (2014)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Anthony Bourdain; Genre: Fiction

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.

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints