What to Read After Watching The Bear

FX The Bear left a mark on viewers for its gritty and realistic look at the restaurant industry. The Bear isn't the easiest watch, some even call it trauma porn, for those with any affiliation with the restaurant industry.


FX The Bear, Streaming on Hulu:


"FX’s new original series The Bear follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a young chef from the fine dining world, who comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop – The Original Beef of Chicagoland – after a heartbreaking death in his family. A world away from what he’s used to, Carmy must balance the soul-crushing realities of small business ownership, his strong-willed and recalcitrant kitchen staff and his strained familial relationships, all while grappling with the impact of his brother’s suicide. The Bear is about food, family, the insanity of the grind, the beauty of Sense of Urgency and the steep slippery downsides. As Carmy fights to transform both The Original Beef of Chicagoland and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges kitchen crew that ultimately reveal themselves as his chosen family."


Each episode is just thirty minutes but its thirty minutes of high intensity. My husband would often let out a loud exhale after each episode and unclench his fists. We could never make it past two episodes at a time even though I was desperate to watch more. This show is dangerous, it's like a drug, because it wants you to come back for more even though it is overwhelming.


While you recover (because the stress and tension from that show is for real) and wait for Season 2, here's a list of books you can read! The Vulture has a full list of eleven books for you to read but I narrowed my list to just four!


Photo: Matt Dinerstein/FX

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Kitchen Confidential: Anthony Bourdain


"Almost two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, "Don't Eat before You Read This," by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain spared no one's appetite as he revealed what happens behind the kitchen door. The article was a sensation, and the book it spawned, the now classic Kitchen Confidential, became an even bigger sensation, a megabestseller with over one million copies in print. Frankly confessional, addictively acerbic, and utterly unsparing, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business" - Bookshop.org