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.”-
First Edition Identification and Notes
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.