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.
Feels more like a chat with a wit than a book. I enjoyed the back door look at high end food even if repulsed by the food its self. His gift for characterizing people and himself is the hook that drags you past the food and gives a rare critical look into these famous kitchens. But Mr Bourdain's bawdy wit is what makes the book fun.
Yes, I would listen again. The narration brings the book to life in a quite amazingly snarky way. Reading it on page was enjoyable for sure, however Bourdain's narration brings those words to life and adds spunk.
I liked that he was more humble than in "kitchen confidential." He definitely gained different perspectives and outlooks on life over the years, but rather than focus on his current views, he addressed how, why and what lead him to the thoughts he has today.
His own voice telling his stories with all the quirky inflections and emotion that comes along when a person read a memory aloud.
The life of one quirky chef revisited with new insights and stories to either love, hate or be bored by. As long as there's on audience who the heck cares
I liked that bourdain had the balls to eats many of the words and things he said in his previous writings without any shame. Hard honesty is both funny and refreshing
I'm all about challenging myself lately so I'm using books to do that. They inspire & engage me so I can see what works. Reading is my life.
When he's telling about how having a daughter made him not cool anymore. Shows that no matter how mean people think he is (and he can be) he still has a good heart.
I really enjoy listening to Anthony read. I love his show and it's awesome to be able to drive down the road listening to him like you were watching an episode of "No Reservations"
When he called that reviewer a...well I don't wanna ruin the surprise but it was hilarious!
If you have listened to Kitchen Confidential then I really recommend this book. If you haven't listened to it then I still recommend this book. Tony is an amazing writer! He will make you burst out laughing (having people in the cars next to you throw you looks because your sitting in your car-alone- laughing so hard). He breaks down his life AFTER becoming a huge TV personality and still gives you an inside scoop into the behind the scenes of kitchens (the best is when he talks about Le Bernardin in New York City! Oh I can't wait to go eat there). If you want an interesting book about food then this is the book for you! Tony is funny, charming and he admits that his snarkyness is his "schick" but one thing I will always like about him is that he tells you like it is. If you haven't read anything about Tony, by Tony or don't even know who this guy is: give him a chance. I promise, it will be worth it!
I love Anthony Bourdain, but this book just wasn't Kitchen Confidential. Where KC was unapologetic, Medium Raw backpedaled as he addresses discussions from KC and recants. Instead of the "in the trenches" stories of beginnings as a line cook, he now throws around the who's who of the chef world. And that's fair I suppose, he has come a long way from the drug-addled cookie he once was and good for him. Not sure it makes for interesting reading though. His jokes and sarcasm here and there are true to his voice and kept me going to the end, but don't think I'd tell people to pick it up.
A fun listen, though sometimes I think he was just on a rant rather than story telling. I enjoy Mr. Bourdain's stories when he gets into them and there are some gems in this book. If you liked Kitchen Confidential, this is a decent follow-up.
Yes. It's an excellent audio experience.
The opening dinner session. It's brilliant and engaging. I was instantly hooked,
I've listened to two of his books. They're both excellent.