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Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook | [Anthony Bourdain]

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

In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's 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.
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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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    Pamela J United States 01-06-13
    Pamela J United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2014

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "The Snarky Chef returneth"

    My patience for Anthony Bourdain and his nose-in-the-air attitude about all things food has limits...and this book ended EXACTLY when they were reached. I don't think openly admitting you're a jerk and then acting like a jerk exempts you, but it does make listening to the wonderful writing much easier for people like me who like the behind the scenes stories of restaurants that I'll never eat in.

    The man is funny, erudite, and so ridiculously opinionated you can almost forgive him anything. Almost. But this book is really for people with a high tolerance for all things food who aren't afraid of a lot of bad language and brutal attacks on perfectly fine people that Tony has decided are beneath him. This book goes well with a spoonful of sugar.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sara R. Southern Arizona 06-03-12
    Sara R. Southern Arizona 06-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A terrific listen"

    Bourdain's reading of his book was outstanding. The information was a tad disjointed. I felt as if I had just gotten up from a long conversation at the table with the author, rather than read his book. This isn't necessarily a bad thing.

    One of the most well traveled and interesting men on the planet writes a book about what he thinks is interesting, who is good at cooking (and why) as well as seeking a modicum of respect for the service/cooking staff that work to create our dining experiences. He also has some cogent and pithy information about food itself.

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    Nancy 07-23-10
    Nancy 07-23-10
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    "Gets My Vote"

    Anthony Bourdain for President.This man knows how to tell the truth and boy does it hurt.I do not often listen to authors who read their own books,(usually psychologists),but Mr. Bourdain is the only one who could tell his own tale so gloriously.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    K Nicolai 07-24-15
    K Nicolai 07-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and funny"

    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.

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    Valentina 07-10-15
    Valentina 07-10-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A bit pretentious"

    Well read by Anthony Bourdain, but a little pretentious of him to proclaim himself as the final authority on who matters and who doesn't in the culinary world.

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    Giantiota 05-27-15
    Giantiota 05-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Tony checking in with more stories."

    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.

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    Daniel 05-15-15
    Daniel 05-15-15
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    "Bourdain never dissapoints."

    Read in those tones we've come to love, Tony brings you deeper into the food world than ever before with a piercing gaze which occasionally lands on himself. Amazing work.

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    Fang Chen Lee Tokyo, JP 05-12-15
    Fang Chen Lee Tokyo, JP 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing..."

    I am (was?) a big fan of Anthony' TV shows. But this book really turned me upside-down cursing all the time and couldn't even finish it...

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    Deb Bellevue, WA United States 05-04-15
    Deb Bellevue, WA United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of fun"

    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.

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    Melody Herb 04-03-15
    Melody Herb 04-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Pure Bourdain"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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