The feeling on Bourdain's voice on every story makes it worthwile.
Everything is great, the descriptions detailed enough to make you feel part of the story.
It's great when you get the author to tell the story, even better when he really is a great communicator and has a very recognizable voice.
No, you want to make it last!
What is it about a Bourdain episode that makes you watch it? He's the guy next door, who had done okay and now has the room to explore a bit -- like many Americans. We spend our day not foraging for food merely for sustainability or spend our day looking for clean water to drink... much of the world still does. We have the luxury of exploring new things that excite us and are even excited by the simple things reminding us of our childhood and redefined by our adulthood. Why are we fascinated with Bourdain? It's because he is, in the best spirit of American culture, an unpretentious human being that does not have to worry about the essentials of life but has the privilege of therefore exploring essentials. I share his love of food and drink, not for sustainability and stability, but as a way of knowing myself and what I value better. My waist will attest to that - does the man have be so thin! He intimately does literally what he does metaphorically: he takes that which is foreign, savors it, and makes it a part of himself. This book is that exactly: just a sit-down with a seldom seen but familiar friend.
I enjoy listening to Anthony Bourdain in general, and it was interesting to hear about food from another perspective and learn more about him
I think that, in general, if you like him, you'll enjoy the book. But it was a little self indulgent, and I'd feel more comfortable recommending his show than this.
Anthony Bourdain is simply hilarious. Listening to him read about his opinions of and experiences with other chefs in the industry is laugh-out-loud fun, especially his section on heroes and villains.
At one point Anthony Bourdain goes on a truly funny rant about vegetarians, vegans, and the stuff that is in most store-bought hamburgers and hot dogs... I was just finishing up this section as I pulled into Costco, where I guiltily ordered a hot dog.
Anthony Bourdain truly enhances the experience of his book. The way he reads and emphasizes certain opinions and events really added to how much I liked Medium Raw. I read Kitchen Confidential in print, but I really enjoyed having Anthony Bourdain read this book.
I laughed out loud many times throughout this book.
I love books that can make me laugh or make me hungry. I love when books make time stand still. I love books that are a great addition to a roadtrip, a long bath or getting ready in the morning.
Anthony Bourdain doesn't hold back. If you appreciate salacious gossip, creative use of profanity, and continuous strands of international food porn, this book is definitely for you. You can't help but love him for his adamant support of the underdog and candor about his experiences. I certainly do.
When Bourdain did his dressing down of Alan Richman for his critical remarks of New Orleans post-Katrina, I nearly cried. I'm so happy that he so firmly stood up to those who he regards as "villains."
Very "freaking" real
Anthony....duh!! Next was his crazy girlfriend in the Islands, what a looser!
Are you gonna EAT that?
Bourdain's straightforward, tell it like it is style about the world of food was revealing and entertaining; his personal story was touching. Highly recommended for foodies!
I don't think. It's not really deep in plot, just good stories.
Yes. I'd say it's 90% as good as his first one.
I liked when he said how all the characters are doing today.
I think you'll like his show better if you've heard the books because they make him seem more sympathetic and less cranky/egotistical. He's always witty and insightful.
I would definitely recommend it to a friend. What's the audio version of having a book you can't put down? whatever the equivalent is, I certainly felt it listening to Medium Raw. It is fun and informative. I feel like I've been let in (a bit) to the world of fine dining.
Obviously, an author reading his work is an authentic experience. An author like Anthony Bourdain makes for a great narrator.
First of all, I did enjoy parts of this book very much. The inside gossipy stories were fun to hear, but I couldn't help but compare it (unfavorably) to Kitchen Confidential. Also, I found I got a little tired of the potty mouth and found it distracted me from the stories. Nevertheless, I didn't turn it off and it was interesting enough to keep me listening straight through all the way during my daily commutes to work.