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.
It is perfect that he is reading his own work. No one else could do it just right. the book itself is a bit rough, a jumble of things from his life more than stories about the world of food with which we are more familiar. Nevertheless, entertaining and some times laugh out loud funny.
I devour books like this, no pun intended. I'm a foodie that enjoys Anthony's sharp writing and humor. This book was so much more enjoyable to me than Kitchen Confidential. He's an older, wiser man and it's reflected in a more introspective writing. I especially enjoyed his thoughts on vegans--so funny and true. Also, I love the fact that this book was narrated by the actual author. That makes a huge difference to me when selecting books.
The fact that Chef Bourdain reads his own book makes it so much more entertaining.
story he was telling was all same as previous books
nothing fresh .....
loved cooks tour and kitchen confidencial
Yes, but not before Kitchen Confidential. This is the well aged sequel to the cold blue KC. Bourdain takes on the same industry (and more) with the same fervor albeit from a more tempered stance. That isn't to say he has less bite. It's just that his bite is more experienced, chef like, compared to the line cook digs in KC.
His damn voice! Though you get a sense of his tone from his writing, his performance adds the human touch.
One of the chapters should be titled food porn. Written in excruciating detail, Bourdain, recounts the countless meals he's had world wide. You can practically smell the goose and taste the langostine.
The first half of the book was unbearable, at best. Bourdain's self-importance is oppressive, with an overabundance of affectation embellishing his affectation. In the second half, I found myself begrudgingly agreeing with many of his assertions, tho still finding his delivery offensive, but increasingly found his observations on chefs, food, and politics to be modestly interesting.
Some might think it worth mentioning that Bourdain fully acknowledges that he is an obnoxious, self-impressed blowhard with no more right to his opinions than his readers think he should have, which is modest. I took little comfort in his self-awareness. He's still obnoxious. Just interesting.
He is a chef, not an actor. He may not be the best narrator in the world but he has something to tell and he does it in his usual hilarious way that I can't stop listening. Zynical and critical as always, he makes me laugh.