- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (May 3 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061718955
- ISBN-13: 978-0061718953
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook Paperback – May 3 2011
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An instant New York Times bestseller and the follow-up to the mega-hit Kitchen ConfidentialIn the ten years since Anthony Bourdains 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 tracks Bourdains unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker and even to fatherhood in a series of takes-no-prisoners confessions rants investigations and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food Beginning with a secret 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 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 the revered Alice Waters the Top Chef contestants and many more Medium Raw is the deliciously funny shockingly delectable result sure to delight philistines and gourmands alike
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Bourdain's writing style is interesting, sometimes amusing and educational. However the editing in this book reminds me of a 3 hour movie that cod have been done in two. My butt went to sleep many times reading this book a d if i didn't like the TV show so much i would have dumped the book half way through. Anthony you come off as whiney, angry old man. Start doing heroin again and mellow out
So who is this book for? It's for anyone who wants an honest look at the world of food. From the chef point of view, from the TV/Food Network point of view, from the marketing point of view, from the failed/disaster point of view, from the restaurant point of view, and from the "eater" point of view. Bourdain is brutally honest. With himself as well as with those he talks about. His point about selling out was particularly poignant. He used to look down on other chefs for selling out to ads for cookware, or toothpaste. Then he realized it was his ego talking, as he ultimately was willing to sell out. It's all a matter of price, and he uses the famous joke about a man propositioning a woman for a million dollars. If you don't know how it ends, you will after reading this book.
Bourdain covers a huge range of topics in a reflective look at the world of cooking. There's a lot of personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences in this book. But he also dishes out plenty of information on other people in the business. Some of them by name (e.g., Rachel Ray, Mario Batalli, Emeril, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay), some by reference that insider chefs will certainly clue into. He strays into philosophical territory not just over money, but over the ethics of eating meat, running a restaurant, and the general ethics of eating.
The book is written in a very approachable way, and I found it both fun and easy to breeze through it. At the same time though, there's enough meat on the bone here (pardon the unintentional pun) to keep you thinking throughout. It's hardly a fluff biography or essay. As someone who enjoys cooking, eating out, traveling, and the Food Network, I found this to be a really enjoyable read. Funny, serious, thoughtful, shocking, and always honest, this is definitely one of the more enjoyable books I've read in a while!
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