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Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook Paperback – May 3 2011
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“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)
“Like a stinky fish sauce from his beloved Vietnam, [Bourdain’s] appeal among the food die-hards has only grown stronger and more pungent over time, and this book will only solidify that adoration.” (Austin American-Statesman)
“This is Bourdain at his best. His food-porn vignettes are guaranteed to make your mouth water.” (Miami Herald)
“Compulsively readable.” (New York Magazine's Grub Street)
“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.” (Wall Street Journal)
“The KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL author is a father now, but he hasn’t cleaned up his language, lost his zesty appetite or his critical zing.” (Time Magazine)
“Bourdain is back with more intriguing food fights, moving further from the kitchen into the eating industry. [Bourdain’s] dissections...are still as hilarious, as scatological and as spot-on as ever....his fare—and his prose—is still quite spicy.” (BookPage)
“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)
“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)
From the Back Cover
An instant New York Times bestseller and the follow-up to the mega-hit Kitchen Confidential
In the ten years since Anthony Bourdain's 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 Bourdain's 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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
This is a combination of anecdotes and AB's thoughts on various topics. He really bares his soul - some of what is in here is really shocking, including his seriously debauched lifestyle and thoughts of suicide following the breakup of his first marriage after the success of Kitchen Confidential; however these things aren't there for shock value - he puts them in context and really tries to explore his motivations. Most of the book is about food-related topics, of course, so it is a good read for anyone who has enjoyed his earlier books.
Lots of funny lines, some brilliant insights, and tons of good food for thought.
This book is right up there with Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour . For new readers, however, I would recommend reading them in order.
Written as a series of essays that don't necessarily mesh and filled with four letter expletives throughout, the book is a bit of a slog. Our potty-mouthed author could certainly have used the services of a good editor to give this book a little more polish. It is written as if the author needed money and dashed off this book, a jumble of thoughts not all that cohesively put together.
While the author's innate, self-deprecating charm comes through, and he certainly has a lot of inside poop and opinions on many of the dominant figures in the world of chefs and restaurants, it somehow gets a little lost in his stream of consciousness approach to this book. Consequently, the author and the book come off as self-indulgent rather than colorful.
If you are a foodie, you will want to read this book. Do yourself a favor, however, and borrow it from the library rather than buy it.
Most recent customer reviews
A great follow up to the first book. I read it in a couple of days. Some very strange topics at times but a great read if you love Anthony!Published 10 months ago by Alberta Dean
Fast paced acerbic, witty and thoroughly enjoyable read. I highly recommend this as a followup to Kitchen .. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Susan Shepherd
I feel like I have touched fame. And the book was a fun read, I nodded with agreement many times.Published on July 31 2013 by Lucky Nut
A good read, sometimes a little self serving, but very entertaining and worth buying. Well written, humourous and a very much a bloody valentine for the food world.Published on Jan. 26 2011 by Dan M.