Bone In the Throat

by Anthony, Bourdain

All is not well at the Dreadnought Grill...the chef has a smack habit, the owner has been set up by the FBI and in the midst of this, the sous-chef Tommy is just trying to do his job. As depraved as it is hilarious, Anthony Bourdain's first novel is street smart and spiced with drugged-up savvy, foul-mouthed feds and salty mob speak. With a cast of unforgettables like the hitman who covers himself in clingfilm to avoid leaving fingerprints and a plot with more twists than a plate of spaghetti, Bone in the Throat rocks through the streets of Manhattan at a blistering pace. 

The story revolves around a young ambitious chef who takes a job in his cousin’s restaurant in Little Italy and unwittingly gets caught in the midst of mob-antics and the FBI. The novel is gritty- offering an authentic look in the kitchens of NYC chefs, albeit laced with mafia violence.

The New York Times Book Review calls Bone in the Throat "A prodigiously self-assured first novel. . . the author's comic vision goes beyond original. It is deliciously depraved." Publishers Weekly praised “the kitchen antics reveal a real love for-and knowledge of-cooking, including a mouth-watering recipe for Portuguese Seafood Chowder, complete with squid, lobster, swordfish and cherrystone clams.”-

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Bourdain’s first published book was a novel - Bone in the Throat: A Novel of Death and Digestion, published in hardback in 1995 by Villard Books, in a print run of 25,000 copies. The paperback was released in 2000 by Bloomsbury. 

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