For any Bourdain fans or hardcore cooks....this one is a must-have for your "Cook Free Or Die" collection. This is yet another poetic and sharp-worded novel, and I think he does a better job narrating this piece than Kitchen Confidential. His voice has more inflection and drama to it - you could almost imagine that Tony is sitting across the table from you, sharing a beer and a story. However....
Despite the awesome delivery, the content of Medium Raw is really a disappointment. Its listed as a "memoir" ten years after he published Kitchen Confidential, yet I really struggled to see the entire point he was getting at. There was no moral...no theme...no rational pattern. He discussed random foods worldwide, to his suicidal period dealing with the breakup of his marriage, to, and I kid you not, a whole chapter where he simply talks about how he is a better parent than every other one in the world because he stays with his daughter at dance class. Really? What happened to Kitchen Confidential? What happened to the grit and grime and sweat of the kitchen? Bourndain presents this book ten years later, almost practically apologizing to the culinary world for what made him who he his (as he calls it in Kitchen Confidential "I Make My Bones"). What is this, is he selling out to the Food Network like the other reviewers seem to think?
Altogether, this is a very good book, but buyers beware...you might finish it confused or let down at the "new Tony".
There seems to be a debate going in the reviews for this book, so I'll give you an answer: yes, the narrator does make occasional slurping noises. It's kinda annoying, but you'll be so absorbed in this work that you won't even notice. This is SO much better than the movie, and I loved the movie. Despite the occasional complaints of the narrator, Johnny Heller does a fantastic job reading this, his voice sounds young and yet somewhat mature, it fits perfectly. There were times in the story where I could actually feel my heart start to beat harder in my chest - I've never been this engrossed in an audiobook or podcast before. Fantastic. Just click buy right now, you won't regret it.
This book, read by the master himself, is PHENOMENAL. I chose it after watching his show on the Travel Channel a few times, but was leary to by the book at Border's since I figured I might get bored with all the chef mumbo-jumbo: I know literally NOTHING about cooking. This book was fantastic though, I learned a great deal about the culinary world in general, but most importantly I enjoyed Bourdain's struggles through life since they were relatable. He went from aspiring college grad to broke drug addict to executive chef and world-renowned media personality. This is one of the most down-to-earth, truthful books I've read by anyone, and the narration by Bourdain himself makes it nothing less than epic. If you know anything about the man, or just seen his show once and liked it, download this book.
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