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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Kitchen Confidential’ Tops Amazon’s Best-Seller List After His Death

Tell-all book that first published in 2000 passes Bill Clinton novel on the list after TV host’s death

Anthony Bourdain’s tell-all book, “Kitchen Confidential,” rose to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list on Friday, following news that the former chef and TV host committed suicide.

The updated 2007 paperback version of “Kitchen Confidential” swiftly surpassed the just-released debut novel from James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton, “The President is Missing,” for the top spot on the list. Bourdain’s followup, “Medium Raw,” ranks as fifth on Amazon’s list as well.

The original, 2000 hardcover edition of “Kitchen Confidential” currently stands at sixth on the list.

Some fans of Bourdain took to the customer reviews section for “Kitchen Confidential” Friday morning to share their condolences.

Very sad to hear of the passing of Anthony Bourdain today,” wrote one reader, adding, “I originally read Kitchen Confidential back in 2001 and was “blown away” just like everyone else. It remains one of my favorite books to this day. As Bourdain’s career blossomed, it was always so refreshing to see how much compassion he showed toward the disadvantaged of this world. May he RIP.” 

Bourdain was working as executive chef of the New York city restaurant Brasserie Les Halles when he shot to fame with “Kitchen Confidential,” and his career took off from there. Two years later, he launched his first TV show, “A Cook’s Tour,” on the Food Network.