I wrote about this book a few months ago. It’s Doug Psaltis’ memoir about his rise in the food world. I hated it. Psaltis comes across as a complete asshole in my opinion. And apparently, others in the business seem to think the same thing according to this article in the NYT. His book has caused quite a stir, as he criticizes a lot of big time chefs. Even the Jacques Pepin and Mario Batali who both wrote the blurbs that got me to read this book have recanted.
I forget where I saw it, but the best thing about that whole thing was hearing that Bourdain indignantly retracted his blurb, then realized that statistically improbable as it might be, he had not, in fact, blurbed that particular food book.
I almost feel bad for them. But they should have read the damn book. If they had read it, there was no way they would have written those glowing blurbs. And not because of the controversial material, but because the book sucks. Whatever anyone thinks of Bourdain, he’s a much better writer. Bourdain’s an asshole, but you can forgive him—he’s a loveable asshole.