This book is not Kitchen Confidential. Anthony Bourdain has grown up. He's less angry, less bitter and more thoughtful. The book contains fewer stories than Kitchen Confidential and more rants and thoughts about the cooking world and the personalities in it. Anthony Bourdain throws lots of names around and isn't afraid to bash those he thinks deserve it (Surprisingly he no longer takes issue with Bobby Flay or Mario Batali). The writing is much improved and less verbose than Kitchen Confidential.
It's entertaining and enjoyable. Anthony Bourdain does a fine job narrating (for some reason the way he pronounced "rather" bugged me....). I wish there were more stories about his travels and experiences being a "chef celebrity", but this is still worth a listen for anyone slightly curious about Bourdain or a behind the scene look into the culinary world.
funny, passionate, irreverent, great entertainment. not quite as coherent as kitchen confidential, but good nonetheless. has some great rants!
Not being a cable TV subscriber, I had never heard of Anthony Bourdain until listening to Kitchen Confidential on Audible. That was a thoroughly enjoyable, ego-laced tribute to pulling oneself out of drug-induced cooking career while criticizing the cooking and businesses of his rivals. Medium Raw continues the theme he developed in his first book, but to me reflects a more genuine and reflective approach to his subject. When a food professional is willing to admit over-kill in trashing some of the TV chefs popular today, I find that refreshing. He shows that age and experience might offer a changed perspective ("I was probably a little harsh"), while holding on to high standards of culinary work. I agreed with his first criticism of Rachel Ray and her "cooking," and what was super was a greater explanation of the why's: she uses jarred, pre-minced garlic and canned ingredients, for heaven's sake! We who love food would tolerate this in a fine dining establishment, so why do we think it is acceptable for the home cook? He backs away from his "when to buy or not buy fish" edict, but frankly, we all strive for the freshest ingredients and I have found his advice highly credible.
Bourdain, as a reader, is wonderful. His tone is what it needs to be, and it reflects the joy and sadness of his life in the cooking stratosphere. We can all hope he will write a third volume in 10 years.
Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!
I would buy it again but not listen again. I never read a book twice.
He wrote the book and that brings a new perspective to the story. The only perspective really.
Laugh. He's so funny and cynical. I dont think anyone else reading this book aloud could have done as well.
I am not a" foodie" and had never even heard of Anthony Bourdain. I just bought a second book by him because I enjoyed the first one so much. Thanks Audible for offering this book!
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?