I would with reservation because of the language. I'm not offended and find it add to the flavor of the book, but not everyone would agree.
It is fun to hear Anthony's own voice about his own experiences and opinions.
Yes, already have
Did not enjoy this one as much as Kitchen confidential. Very focused on the different players of the food industry, sometimes tough because I don't know them all.
His familiar, distinct voice
I liked when he actually talked about food and restaurants.
Much of this book is just him ranting. His first book was so much better.
No it is him and if you like listening to him it is fine. He certainly likes listening to himself without much filter.
I wouldn't read it if he did one.
Yes, I was expecting Tony's usual complaining and ranting about people he does not like, but this book seemed to be overflowing with rants about very food industry players. Entertaining because of his solid wit and self-deprecating comments, yet I was disappointed by the multiple chapters dedicated to rambling about a select few people whom he is infatuated with. Tough to compete with Kitchen Confidential, but I expected a better effort.
My first business was a restaurant. I find his insights and off the cuff comments to be hysterical. Definitely not for people who think that sending back food to the kitchen is a good idea.... LMAO
Anthony really does have a good sense of self. He is long winded concerning subjects that are not enjoyable for long dissertations. I loved his first book, this is book just seems to be a platform for him to get on his soap box.
If you're already a fan (TV shows or other books) you'll enjoy this one. Bourdain offers more personal opinions than travel log as he did in Kitchen Confidential.
LOVE Anthony Bourdain. LOVED Kitchen Confidential and Bourdain's read made it all the more raw and real for me. This one, the story and writing were still excellent but Bourdain's read sounded like someone so full of himself, it was incongruous with the self-effacing humor with which he'd peppered his story and which had made him so endearing in KC despite being a complete curmudgeon. I'm sure it worked on paper but listening to this audio book I felt I had to swallow to much atrociously-poor overacting to be able to appreciate what the author was trying to say. He was his own worst enemy on this one and mind, I love most things with him in them. I couldn't even finish it. Had to return it and it even turned me off getting the hard copy of the book. I'm sure the editor had access to professional actors and VO artists. Too much ego and not enough meat for this listener.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I read Kitchen Confidential and I thought it wouldn't get better, I was wrong. Medium Raw went back into the world of Kitchen Confidential and explained some of the reasoning for the first book and went deeper in Bourdain's life.
The book was very well written and Bourdain did a great job reading.