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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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    Barb Vedder 01-31-15
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would with reservation because of the language. I'm not offended and find it add to the flavor of the book, but not everyone would agree.


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

    It is fun to hear Anthony's own voice about his own experiences and opinions.


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    Stephen 01-29-15
    Stephen 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    Read with great character and very interesting to anyone with an interest in food. Loved every minute of the book.

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    Brian Tampa, FL 01-04-15
    Brian Tampa, FL 01-04-15
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    "Kitchen Confidential is better"
    Would you try another book from Anthony Bourdain and/or Anthony Bourdain?

    Yes, already have


    If you’ve listened to books by Anthony Bourdain before, how does this one compare?

    Did not enjoy this one as much as Kitchen confidential. Very focused on the different players of the food industry, sometimes tough because I don't know them all.


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

    His familiar, distinct voice


    Could you see Medium Raw being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    keith 10-22-14
    keith 10-22-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Too much ranting"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Anthony Bourdain? Why or why not?

    Yes


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

    Yes, I was expecting Tony's usual complaining and ranting about people he does not like, but this book seemed to be overflowing with rants about very food industry players. Entertaining because of his solid wit and self-deprecating comments, yet I was disappointed by the multiple chapters dedicated to rambling about a select few people whom he is infatuated with. Tough to compete with Kitchen Confidential, but I expected a better effort.


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    John United States 09-16-14
    John United States 09-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I love his raw wit"

    My first business was a restaurant. I find his insights and off the cuff comments to be hysterical. Definitely not for people who think that sending back food to the kitchen is a good idea.... LMAO

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    Lorraine Cannon Aurora, CO United States 08-01-14
    Lorraine Cannon Aurora, CO United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Author is very important"

    Anthony really does have a good sense of self. He is long winded concerning subjects that are not enjoyable for long dissertations. I loved his first book, this is book just seems to be a platform for him to get on his soap box.

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    Jeremy REXBURG, ID, United States 02-01-14
    Jeremy REXBURG, ID, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Bourdain at his best"
    Any additional comments?

    If you're already a fan (TV shows or other books) you'll enjoy this one. Bourdain offers more personal opinions than travel log as he did in Kitchen Confidential.

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    isabelle 09-14-13
    isabelle 09-14-13
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    What did you like best about Medium Raw? What did you like least?

    LOVE Anthony Bourdain. LOVED Kitchen Confidential and Bourdain's read made it all the more raw and real for me. This one, the story and writing were still excellent but Bourdain's read sounded like someone so full of himself, it was incongruous with the self-effacing humor with which he'd peppered his story and which had made him so endearing in KC despite being a complete curmudgeon. I'm sure it worked on paper but listening to this audio book I felt I had to swallow to much atrociously-poor overacting to be able to appreciate what the author was trying to say. He was his own worst enemy on this one and mind, I love most things with him in them. I couldn't even finish it. Had to return it and it even turned me off getting the hard copy of the book. I'm sure the editor had access to professional actors and VO artists. Too much ego and not enough meat for this listener.


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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 06-20-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Great one from Bourdain"

    I read Kitchen Confidential and I thought it wouldn't get better, I was wrong. Medium Raw went back into the world of Kitchen Confidential and explained some of the reasoning for the first book and went deeper in Bourdain's life.
    The book was very well written and Bourdain did a great job reading.

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    David San Diego, CA, United States 06-12-13
    David San Diego, CA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "An enjoyable series of vignettes "
    What made the experience of listening to Medium Raw the most enjoyable?

    I think Anthony Bourdain's narration made this collection for me. These are his stories, and he knows well how to tell them.


    What other book might you compare Medium Raw to and why?

    I think that Bourdain's other non-fiction "Kitchen Confidential" might be the best point of comparison. Much like Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw bounces between points of time and stories. I feel that "Kitchen Confidential" might be the more cohesive in terms of its themes or emotions as "Medium Raw" bounces more, but both are fun.


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

    There were many sections of "Medium Raw" where I found myself either grinning or laughing. One such section was when Bourdain described in vivid detail a week long romance with a member of the truly elite. Another such section was when Bourdain and his then wife were discussing Ronald McDonald in ear shot of their daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a collection of unrelated, almost-stream of consciousness essays more than a novel or memoir. Each of the essays is well told, and Bourdain as a narrator does a very good job. If you like short, often funny stories with no clear link to each other, I think this might be your cup of tea.

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