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Editor’s Note

“Raunchy, juicy, sweaty & delicious...”

Bourdain’s raunchy, juicy, sweaty, and — yes — delicious follow-up to Kitchen Confidential is full of hilarious personal anecdotes, along with a dash of invaluable life lessons, like never touch the hollandaise at a buffet.
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The long-awaited follow-up to the megabestseller Kitchen Confidential

In the ten 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 these 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.

And 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.

Topics: Essays, Food History, and Irreverent

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061998065
List price: $10.99
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history very nice, ove his books, For the Bourdain-fan it is fun to read the book, because you can "hear" his voice when you read his words.
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If you know Bourdain...

if you GET Bourdain...

this book is a must.

And if you don't know him OR get him? You should. This book is still a must. Beautiful in that typical tarnished, rough-around-the-edges, not easy to digest -- yet bitingly accurate -- Bourdain way.more
Love Anthony Bourdain, love his books, love his style. If you are into "celebrity" chefs, memoirs, or food, you must read this.more
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history very nice, ove his books, For the Bourdain-fan it is fun to read the book, because you can "hear" his voice when you read his words.
http://carainstal.xyzmore
If you know Bourdain...

if you GET Bourdain...

this book is a must.

And if you don't know him OR get him? You should. This book is still a must. Beautiful in that typical tarnished, rough-around-the-edges, not easy to digest -- yet bitingly accurate -- Bourdain way.more
Love Anthony Bourdain, love his books, love his style. If you are into "celebrity" chefs, memoirs, or food, you must read this.more
As much of a jerk as he can be, I love Bourdain and his unrepentant attitude. I love that he will eat anything, (and yeah, he DOES eat ortolan in this book, and yes I enjoyed reading about it though I can't imagine putting a whole bird in my own mouth. Ever.) I love that he's so unapologetic about who he is. He owns his actions, even when they might be swept under the carpet.

This is a loosely connected group of essays, and is fairly uneven. I adored his trashing of Alice Waters- primarily because it was not in the least mean-spirited but it was certainly a vehement expression of passionate feelings on Bourdain's part. I really enjoyed his essay on the master fish-butcher Justo Thomas, and the chapter entitled "Lust" was some of the most delicious food porn I've ever read. Some of the other chapters were too foodie-world-insider for me- I didn't know any of the characters, so some of the hilarity was lost on me.

Overall a very enjoyable book for the omnivore.

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a collection of memories. some of them almost romantic when he is describing Vietnam while others are more coming over as an angry rant. He talks about a lof of people in the restaurant business. If you are nto familiar with them, some punch lines might be lost at you. For the Bourdain-fan it is fun to read the book, because you can "hear" his voice when you read his words.more
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