The Bobby Gold Stories

The Bobby Gold Stories


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From the host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential, a crime novel about a lovable criminal, a fabulous cook, and a botched robbery that sets the pair on the run.

After doing ten years in the clinker, Bobby Gold out and ready for work. With not even an attempt to play it straight, he's back to breaking bones for tough guys. His turf: the club scene and restaurant racket. It's not that he enjoys the job—Bobby has real heart—but he's good at it and a guy has to make a living. Things change when he meets Nikki, the cook at a club most definitely not in his territory. Smitten, he can't stay away. Bobby Gold had known trouble before, but with Nikki the sauté bitch in his life, things take a turn for life or death.

A fast, furious, pitch-perfect story of food, sex, crime, and mayhem, The Bobby Gold Stories is Bourdain at his best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582344096
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/19/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 175,994
Product dimensions: 5.89(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Chef and author Anthony Bourdain wrote the New York Times bestselling memoirs Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw, and A Cook’s Tour; the collection The Nasty Bits; the novels Bone in the Throat, The Bobby Gold Stories, andGone Bamboo; the biography Typhoid Mary; and the cookbooks Appetites and Les Halles Cookbook.

Bourdain was the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning docuseries Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN, and prior to that hosted the Emmy Award–winning No Reservations and The Layover on the Travel Channel and The Taste on ABC.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1956

Date of Death:

June 8, 2018

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Kaysersberg-Vignoble, Haut-Rhin, France


High school diploma, Dwight Englewood School, 1973; A.O.S. degree, The Culinary Institute of America, 1978

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Bobby Gold Stories 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
CloudMinder More than 1 year ago
Much like the "food porn" he tempts us with in his many travels, Anthony Bourdain concocts a flavorful stew of spicy meat and exotic flavors. A little formula, but he takes the "back-alley heavy" crime genre to new heights of culinary ecstacy with his sharp filet knife. Okay, enough of the food analogies--but for him, it really works. And, he is truly a character in person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Mr. Bourdain on his TV series and thought I'd see if his style came through in another genre as well. It does. It takes cosiderable skill to make a career criminal so likeable that you cheer for him. The brief chapters meld together to form a cohesive story that is so entertaining. It's a very interesting biography of a Jewish kid that should have been a doctor but ends up a ne'er do well. But all is well in the end when Bobby, at least in my eyes, redeems himself. Buy this slim volume you'll like it.
MissTeacher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No nonsense and to the point, Bourdain triumphs in making his characters real and relateable, and in turning his gruff murderous hitman of a main character into someone you're constantly rooting for. The plot was almost nonexistant for most of the story, but this detracted nothing from the brilliant character study. When action did commence, the descriptions were spot-on and the twists were well-placed. The repetitive nature of this novel is something to be enjoyed, though I found myself wishing every chapter would start with a description of clothing. Brief, witty, and gritty--three of my favorite things.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Anthony Bourdain's literary style, like his cooking, is not for everyone. But, for those who do enjoy his unique approach to life, his latest work is good...very good! I enjoyed his building of characters, their interplay and the fact that Bourdain tells a grand story, no matter how much it may run against the grain of our own principles. His behind the door glimpses into lives other than our own, is his strong suit. I highly recommend the purchase of this novel.