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July 21, 2009

The 14 tips I'll offer my daughter. Parenting Advice from Anthony Bourdain.

I just finished listening to Bourdain read his own book, Kitchen Confidential. I read this years ago, but listening to it read by Bourdain was like having the wildman himself hanging around as your agitated friend for a few days. It was awesome. Today I listened to the next to the last chapter SO YOU WANT TO BE A CHEF? A COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS. It is the advice I try to convey to my daughter on a daily basis. I know I don't live this completely, but a child gives you the feeling you have a second chance. These things I want her to live (except maybe #9).

1. Be fully committed.
2. Learn Spanish French!
3. Don't steal.
4. Always be on time.
5. Never make excuses or blame others.
6. Never call in sick.
7. Lazy, sloppy and slow are bad.
8. Be prepared to witness every variety of human folly and injustice.
9. Assume the worst. About everybody. But don't let this poisoned outlook affect your job performance.
10. Try not to lie.
11. Avoid restaurants where the owner's name is over the door.
12. Think about that résumé!
13. Read!
14. Have a sense of humor about things. You'll need it.

Bourdain's my idol this week.


maria from way back when said...

Hey got a copy you wouldn't mind sharing? I've been reading that book forever but life happens and I can't seem to finish it. I love AB !!

Dave said...

Hey Maria,

I'd love to give you a copy. It's 1/2 Gig though, so I might have to mail you a SD card. I'll bring you a copy next time I'm there.

Dave said...

Deborah, thanks, but why is your login name Steven?