Just thought I would drop in a little piece I am using with my high school students. As part of the summer, I want to keep them connected to the class. At the same time, I also realize their need to be stimulated (ie. use a computer!) so we are using Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. The students are going to create a wiki for daily readings as well as construct a book review. If you are interested, check out http://kitchenconfidential.wikispaces.com/ for the project description. Your input gladly accepted!
Kitchen Confidential in class
Thanks. I had used Letters to a Young Chef in the past. While Daniel Boulud's book was REALLY geared to them, they had a hard time drawing a connection between their collective experiences and his. I think Bourdain's piece is just dramatic enough to draw in their attention and deliver them a good bit of industry perspective. Plus, his personality really adds some flavor!
I think Kitchen Confidential is a great book for summer reading especially for the High School crowd. I know it really opened a few doors for myself and some friends. I think it provides great perspective especially for people in their late teens and early twenties. I know it let me realize that an education in Culinary Arts is just as effective and useful as a College Degree. The whole "Rock 'n' Roll" lifestyle doesn't hurt too much either.