One Book, One Rockford welcomes ‘bad boy of cuisine’

The Rockford Public Library announced its fourth installment for the One Book, One Rockford reading program Oct. 24. Best-selling author and chef Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential will be the program’s featured book for 2007.

Bourdain’s best-selling restaurant exposé is published in 23 languages, and Bourdain hosts No Reservations on the Discovery Travel Channel. His brash style has earned him the nickname “the bad boy of cuisine.” Library officials hope Bourdain’s hard-boiled approach will have a wide appeal.

“We try to pick a novel that is accessible and entertaining so that hopefully we can get a good portion of our community to read,” Rockford Public Library Community Relations Officer Emily Kicklighter explained. “Because we then have something in common with one another.”

In conjunction with the program, Bourdain will be appearing at Memorial Hall in Rockford May 18. The event is free and open to the public. Bourdain will be speaking at the Rockford Country Club May 19 for a fund-raiser. Ticket prices have not yet been set for that event.

As a tie-in, a walking tour of downtown restaurants is also in the works.

One Book, One Rockford is a community-wide reading program intended to bring people together through the shared experience of reading the same book.

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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