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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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    Laurie H. 09-30-15
    Laurie H. 09-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "if you like Anthony Bourdain......."

    I guess because I watch him on TV a lot, I was able to sleep to this book. maybe it's the sound of his voice, but this book is Bourdain hash.

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    Lisa 09-25-15
    Lisa 09-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny, but talks a lot about other chefs."

    After reading Kitchen Confidential I was excited to download this book. The narrating is so good, the tell it like it is style of AB is perfect; however it was a lot of talk about different Chefs and their kitchen, not about AB.

    I enjoyed the book, but if you're trying to decide between this and Kitchen Confidential, download the latter.

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    Jason_in_Gilbert Chandler, AZ 09-24-15
    Jason_in_Gilbert Chandler, AZ 09-24-15 Member Since 2010

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    "I've listen to it a few times. Excellent"

    It's worth your time and money. He clears the air on food and process clearly.

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    stephanie 09-19-15
    stephanie 09-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "love Anthony!"

    I always enjoy his stories, definitely recommend listing to it, especially if you liked kitchen confidential.

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    Robert 09-18-15
    Robert 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable if only for the way he builds a sentence"

    I am a fan of Mr. Bourdain, as maybe you are too. This book is, as it says in the title, written to and for people in the food industry or with close knowledge of it. I am not one of those people.

    Filled with un-elaborated references to culinary personalities there are whole paragraphs or chapters you might not get. The progression of chapters is again difficult to follow for the outsider.

    But for a view of this private world and a chance to listen in on a conversation between cooks and culinary personalities, this is a good book. As a lover of food and eager to learn more about those who prepare it, again this is a good read.

    The performance is good, as you would expect from a TV personality with a love of off camera narration. I enjoyed this and found it thoroughly satisfying. If you know and like anything about the author, you'll probably like it too.

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    randall barbee 09-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    loved it! I recommend this book to anyone, not only people who work in the kitchen, but anyone who eats meat! vegetarian- don't read!

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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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