The long-awaited follow-up to the mega-best-seller Kitchen Confidential
In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out - from Monday fish to the breadbasket conspiracy - much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, moving back and forth from the author's bad old days to the present. Tracking his own strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood, Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food.
Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after-hours gathering of powerful chefs that he compares to a mafia summit, Bourdain pulls back the curtain, but never pulls his punches, on the modern gastronomical revolution, as only he can. Cutting right to the bone, Bourdain sets his sights on some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, the young superstar chef who has radicalized the fine-dining landscape; the revered Alice Waters, whom he treats with unapologetic frankness; the Top Chef winners and losers; and many more.
Always he returns to the question "Why cook?" Or the more difficult "Why cook well?" Medium Raw is the deliciously funny and shockingly delectable journey to those answers, sure to delight philistines and gourmands alike.
©2010 Anthony Bourdain (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"The food orbit is [Bourdain’s] element, and chapters on today’s leading figures—from chef David Chang to critic Alan Richman—display his access, outspokenness and comedic gifts....Mr. Bourdain is a vivid, bawdy and often foul-mouthed writer. He thrills in the attack, but he is also an enthusiast who writes well about things he holds dear." (Wall Street Journal)
“Full of things everybody in the food world thinks but nobody will say...If [Bourdain’s] sharp eye and his wicked tongue have brought him acclaim, what’s kept him in the spotlight is his heart. Like Oscar Wilde, he’s a moralist in the guise of a libertine. Long may he prosper.” (Denver Post)
“Bourdain has insight, access and good taste, and he’s a naturally engaging writer...Bourdain is a hopeless romantic when it comes to food and the people who cook. The subtitle’s real valentines are two elegantly written profiles.” (New York Times Book Review)
As has been true from the last book from Mr. Bourdain, this book was entertaining to listen to while cooking and relaxing while enjoying a drink at the end of a work day. I enjoy the energy with which he reads and do wonder if maybe he should consider doing voice work for animated films I think he'd enjoy it and add the same energy to his character.
Anthony Bourdain is always entertaining and has great personality. I have read ever of his books, but this is the first that I didn't have to imagine his voice telling the story because, through he miracle of science, he was actually telling me the story.
I enjoyed hearing new tales from his past and getting some meaningful background, but it was also fun to hear what happened as a result of writing 'Kitchen Confidential'. Tony has a terrific speaking ability and attitude which makes it easy to sit down with this audiobook and lose track of the afternoon.
If you are a fan of Tony, food, or interesting and entertaining anecdotes, this will be a very enjoyable audiobook for you to download.
Bourdain reads flawlessly. Provides great descriptions of food and people. I enjoyed his humor. He's a very observant and self deprecating guy. A fun read.
Raw it is. Funny as hell, you don't have to be into food to enjoy this. Bourdain is an outstanding writer and speaker. His books pull me right out of a depression every time. Reading them is therapy, listening to them--priceless.
Educated in New York, living in Cyprus, father of one...
Honest, raw (as the title suggests), and candid... He talks about certain issues which annoy him which one could agree or disagree but he presents them in a way that makes you respect his opinion.
He wrote the book and he was narrating it the way it was meant to be narrated. He spoke his words the way he meant them to be spoken.
The best part of the book for me was when he was talking about his daughter. I have a baby son myself and I could not agree more with what he was saying. It was the most memorable chapter of a very enjoyable book for me because he was talking about something very personal and he was mirroring exactly my own emotions about the subject.
if you have ever spent any time in the restaurant industry this book will bring back long forgotten memories. But for anyone looking for a more substantial life from the industry, this book reads like a self help manual to achieve your goals. I'm sure that's NOT what Mr. Boudain intended but that's what I got out of it.
I definitely would and have recommended this audiobook to many of my friends. Hearing Anthony Bourdain feels like sitting around getting slowly drunk with your wacky boss, who happens to be filled with incredible stories about people you've always looked up to. You're sort of sure you're not supposed to be hearing this somehow, but you're fascinated, and egging him on to tell you more, and he just does and does.
Definitely the narrator and subject, Mr Bourdain, for his self-effacing humour and unrelenting willingness to poke fun at himself and critique himself harshly. NO, I take it back, definitely his partner who frequently uses martial arts, apparently.
The warmth in his voice.
Not really, it was more of a 'nice way to pass the time' read than anything groundbreaking.
Read Kitchen Confidential before you read this. It's great as well, and provides a lot of the context.
Business Analyst (details on Linkedin) Love reading, and growing to love listening to books, especially while travelling.
This is the second book of his I've listened to. Worth the time and price.
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