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Medium Raw Audiobook

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    LJM VO United States 01-02-13
    LJM VO United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012

    Besides being an RN, I am an avid audiobook listener as well as a narrator and producer for Audible. I love Audiobooks!

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    "Excellent narrative."
    Would you listen to Medium Raw again? Why?

    I would buy it again but not listen again. I never read a book twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obvious question.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He wrote the book and that brings a new perspective to the story. The only perspective really.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh. He's so funny and cynical. I dont think anyone else reading this book aloud could have done as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a" foodie" and had never even heard of Anthony Bourdain. I just bought a second book by him because I enjoyed the first one so much. Thanks Audible for offering this book!

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    elias mexico city, Mexico 12-08-12
    elias mexico city, Mexico 12-08-12
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    "Excelent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Medium Raw to be better than the print version?

    The feeling on Bourdain's voice on every story makes it worthwile.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Medium Raw?

    Everything is great, the descriptions detailed enough to make you feel part of the story.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's great when you get the author to tell the story, even better when he really is a great communicator and has a very recognizable voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you want to make it last!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

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    Andrew A. Barzyk Homer Glen, IL 12-01-12
    Andrew A. Barzyk Homer Glen, IL 12-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    What is it about a Bourdain episode that makes you watch it? He's the guy next door, who had done okay and now has the room to explore a bit -- like many Americans. We spend our day not foraging for food merely for sustainability or spend our day looking for clean water to drink... much of the world still does. We have the luxury of exploring new things that excite us and are even excited by the simple things reminding us of our childhood and redefined by our adulthood. Why are we fascinated with Bourdain? It's because he is, in the best spirit of American culture, an unpretentious human being that does not have to worry about the essentials of life but has the privilege of therefore exploring essentials. I share his love of food and drink, not for sustainability and stability, but as a way of knowing myself and what I value better. My waist will attest to that - does the man have be so thin! He intimately does literally what he does metaphorically: he takes that which is foreign, savors it, and makes it a part of himself. This book is that exactly: just a sit-down with a seldom seen but familiar friend.

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    Amazon Customer Silver Spring, MD, United States 11-05-12
    Amazon Customer Silver Spring, MD, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like Bourdain, you'll probably like this"
    What did you love best about Medium Raw?

    I enjoy listening to Anthony Bourdain in general, and it was interesting to hear about food from another perspective and learn more about him


    Would you recommend Medium Raw to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think that, in general, if you like him, you'll enjoy the book. But it was a little self indulgent, and I'd feel more comfortable recommending his show than this.


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    Laine ARLINGTON, VA, United States 11-05-12
    Laine ARLINGTON, VA, United States 11-05-12
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    "Highly entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Medium Raw the most enjoyable?

    Anthony Bourdain is simply hilarious. Listening to him read about his opinions of and experiences with other chefs in the industry is laugh-out-loud fun, especially his section on heroes and villains.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Medium Raw?

    At one point Anthony Bourdain goes on a truly funny rant about vegetarians, vegans, and the stuff that is in most store-bought hamburgers and hot dogs... I was just finishing up this section as I pulled into Costco, where I guiltily ordered a hot dog.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anthony Bourdain truly enhances the experience of his book. The way he reads and emphasizes certain opinions and events really added to how much I liked Medium Raw. I read Kitchen Confidential in print, but I really enjoyed having Anthony Bourdain read this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud many times throughout this book.


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    Elizabeth Covington, Lao People's Democratic Republic 10-11-12
    Elizabeth Covington, Lao People's Democratic Republic 10-11-12 Member Since 2015

    I love books that can make me laugh or make me hungry. I love when books make time stand still. I love books that are a great addition to a roadtrip, a long bath or getting ready in the morning.

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    "Bourdain is the crotchety Taylor Swift of food."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Medium Raw to be better than the print version?

    Anthony Bourdain doesn't hold back. If you appreciate salacious gossip, creative use of profanity, and continuous strands of international food porn, this book is definitely for you. You can't help but love him for his adamant support of the underdog and candor about his experiences. I certainly do.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Bourdain did his dressing down of Alan Richman for his critical remarks of New Orleans post-Katrina, I nearly cried. I'm so happy that he so firmly stood up to those who he regards as "villains."


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    Jean 10-08-12
    Jean 10-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Anthony tells it like it is"
    If you could sum up Medium Raw in three words, what would they be?

    Very "freaking" real


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anthony....duh!! Next was his crazy girlfriend in the Islands, what a looser!


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Bourdain – was your favorite?

    Really?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Are you gonna EAT that?


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    Joan 08-27-12
    Joan 08-27-12
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    "Loved hearing it from the author himself!"

    Bourdain's straightforward, tell it like it is style about the world of food was revealing and entertaining; his personal story was touching. Highly recommended for foodies!

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    Herr 08-06-12
    Herr 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Genius or blowhard, Anthony Bourdain has charisma"
    Would you listen to Medium Raw again? Why?

    I don't think. It's not really deep in plot, just good stories.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Bourdain???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I'd say it's 90% as good as his first one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked when he said how all the characters are doing today.


    Any additional comments?

    I think you'll like his show better if you've heard the books because they make him seem more sympathetic and less cranky/egotistical. He's always witty and insightful.

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    Debra Johnson San Antonio, Texas United States 08-05-12
    Debra Johnson San Antonio, Texas United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Bourdain is so entertaining!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend it to a friend. What's the audio version of having a book you can't put down? whatever the equivalent is, I certainly felt it listening to Medium Raw. It is fun and informative. I feel like I've been let in (a bit) to the world of fine dining.


    What does Anthony Bourdain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Obviously, an author reading his work is an authentic experience. An author like Anthony Bourdain makes for a great narrator.


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