Les Halles Cookbook isn't so much a narrative as it is a harangue, delivered in what would become Bourdain's trademark blend of insolence, irreverence, and profanity.
A reader will understand and sympathize with the illness and its ramifications presented here. But with the unreliable narrator -- not so much.
Gallagher's work often suffers unfairly beside famous husband's Raymond Carver. The Man from Kinvara should permanently remedy this.