I just got finished with this book while on vacation and can't say enough about it. Anthony Bourdain is a great story teller and gives you a sense that you should stay away from a professional kitchen if you are the least bit timid. He also gives many tips on what to and not to have in a restaurant. I laughed outloud many times and was finding myself wanting to read excerpts outloud to my wife. The first third of the book was the most fun I have ever had reading and the last 2/3 were still great. The characters (you won't believe they are real) are crazy and at times make you cringe because of the way they act and the way they live.