If you go into this expecting Kitchen Confidential you will be disappointed. KC is about a young Tony Bourdain. This book is all about a grown up Bourdain. It's about his opinions on things like food critics, well known chefs and the food network. The thing about Anthony Bourdain is that he's so good at being a snarky dick that even if you don't agree with something he says, you can't help but laugh and want to slap him on the back and buy him a beer. I'm glad the he narrates his books because no one else has THE voice to do it. This book is laugh out loud funny and all around awesome!
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
My patience for Anthony Bourdain and his nose-in-the-air attitude about all things food has limits...and this book ended EXACTLY when they were reached. I don't think openly admitting you're a jerk and then acting like a jerk exempts you, but it does make listening to the wonderful writing much easier for people like me who like the behind the scenes stories of restaurants that I'll never eat in.
The man is funny, erudite, and so ridiculously opinionated you can almost forgive him anything. Almost. But this book is really for people with a high tolerance for all things food who aren't afraid of a lot of bad language and brutal attacks on perfectly fine people that Tony has decided are beneath him. This book goes well with a spoonful of sugar.
Bourdain's reading of his book was outstanding. The information was a tad disjointed. I felt as if I had just gotten up from a long conversation at the table with the author, rather than read his book. This isn't necessarily a bad thing.
One of the most well traveled and interesting men on the planet writes a book about what he thinks is interesting, who is good at cooking (and why) as well as seeking a modicum of respect for the service/cooking staff that work to create our dining experiences. He also has some cogent and pithy information about food itself.
Anthony Bourdain for President.This man knows how to tell the truth and boy does it hurt.I do not often listen to authors who read their own books,(usually psychologists),but Mr. Bourdain is the only one who could tell his own tale so gloriously.
Is "Medium Raw" as good as "Kitchen Confidential"? No, it isn't. But it is a worthy follow-up.
Bourdain, riding high after the aforementioned "Confidential" launched him to chef-stardom, has a lot to share about the ten years since he wrote that bestseller. All of it fascinating.
My favorite bit was his attack on GQ's resident food critic, Alan Richman, though there are other morsels of delight here as well.
Highly advisable for all Bourdain fans.
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This book is like a post script to Kitchen Confidential. I loved it. I love his voice and reading of it. I cannot possible add to the major critical reviews (the positive ones). WARNING: not for the faint of heart ! Anthony does not bother with word filters...and does not need to in my opinion. It is part of who he is.
Excellent narration and stories, at turns biting then effusive then sentimental. Worth it even if you've read the book already, as Bourdain's voice adds a layer that prose alone does not convey.