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Why did you decide to write this book?
AB: People kept coming up to me and telling me that they weren't eating fish on Mondays because of Kitchen Confidential. It's been ten years and I felt like I had to kind of update and correct the record and talk about how the business has changed and how my life has changed.
How has the business changed?
AB: It's not a loser profession anymore. There's a certain amount of prestige attached to it. A real future. It's smarter, more professional, and cleaner. A lot of the stuff I talk about in Kitchen Confidential would be unacceptable in kitchens these days.
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What is your new book about?
AB: I thought it was all about rainbows and unicorns when I wrote it but apparently it's a filthy, violent, hateful screed filled with calumny and nasty thoughts.
You had a beef with Rachael Ray, but we hear you've made up.
AB: Yeah, she sent me a food basket. It's pretty much that easy.
So anyone you're fighting with can send you a basket and you're cool?
AB: No. There are a few people mentioned in the book, they can send me all the baskets they f**king want and I'll still pee on their graves.
AB: Nah, I don't want to get into it, otherwise me and Alan Richman [GQ food critic] are going to look like a couple of old hookers slapping each other in a parking lot.
You're sort of responsible for the whole chef/rock star craze.
AB: Don't blame me, man. Don't blame Guy Fieri on me. That's not my fault. That's a radiation accident. But on balance this celebrity chef scam is pretty good for the world. I'm aware of the fact that people I made fun of ten years ago are probably instrumental in the whole food-crazy world we live in right now and that's been good for business and good for diners. For whatever reason people are interested in chefs and that's a tectonic shift in the way things used to be when I started.
Do you watch the Food Network?
AB: I try not to watch it. I end up yelling and screaming at the T.V., which shortens my life and makes the people around me miserable. I just try not to watch.
You have a young daughter. Is she a fussy eater?
AB: Like any other kid. There's no getting her to eat what I want her to eat. She eats whatever she wants to eat but as the daughter of world traveling parents she is exposed to a lot of international food.
Does it bother you when she wants to eat pasta and butter?
AB: No, no that's called being normal. She does like plain noodles, grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dogs. I don't want an annoying foodie kid.
What's your guilty pleasure food?
AB: Really guilty pleasure? Late at night when no one's looking, mac and cheese from KFC.
AB: It's the guilt that makes it good.