Medium Raw

Medium Raw

A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

Book - 2010
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Medium Raw marks the return of the inimitable Anthony Bourdain, author of the blockbuster bestseller Kitchen Confidential and three-time Emmy Award-nominated host of No Reservations on TV's Travel Channel. Bourdain calls his book, "A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook," and he is at his entertaining best as he takes aim at some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, Alice Waters, the Top Chef winners and losers, and many more. If Hunter S. Thompson had written a book about the restaurant business, it could have been Medium Raw.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2010.
ISBN: 9780061718946
Characteristics: xviii, 281 p. ; 24 cm.

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It starts out with a wonderful story about the most illegal meal he’s ever had.

A very angry cook wrote the iconoclastic Kitchen Confidential about the underbelly of the New York restaurant scene in the 1980s and 1990s, published in 2000. It made Anthony Bourdain a star. I loved that book. This is the follow-up. He’s older and wiser and less angry, or at least he’s more self-aware and philosophical about it. He writes the way he talks – which will be familiar if you’ve watched his TV show, No Reservations. This book is about how Kitchen Confidential utterly changed his life, opening up the world to him. He tells great stories, in a wry and humourous tone, and I was only sorry that the book ended – I would’ve been happy to keep reading.

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susan_findlay
Feb 22, 2017

I received two food-related books for Christmas. While the other one was more information-packed, this one was a much more entertaining read. Mostly, it feels like reading a well-written gossip rag or soap opera. Definitely a good choice for a quick light read. If you've ever watched Parts Unknown, Bourdain writes exactly as he speaks. Which means there is the occasional swear word. So, if that'll bother you, stay away. But I am not one who swears or particularly appreciates swearing, and it wasn't enough to bother me.

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llocas
Aug 25, 2015

A very good book, if you can put up with all that swearing!

oldhag Jun 06, 2014

A little food, many sexual metaphors, and a lot of profanity. Amusing, but not worth buying.

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markjpena31
Jun 04, 2014

I loved this book

KingKull2112 May 28, 2014

Bourdain does it again. Writing more about the food industry and his enemies at the Food Network, he shines light on places where the sun don't shine and gets paid doing it. And we love it the entire time.

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bexrecca
Jul 26, 2012

This is classic Bourdain. If you loved Kitchen Confidential and can't get enough of his show No Reservations, this is the book for you. He's brutally honest about everything from his addiction to cocaine and heroin to what is and isn't wrong at the Food Network and even his former opinions. A fast read, perfect for summer and all foodies.

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VRMurphy
Jun 21, 2012

Classic Bourdain, and a follow-up (in a way) to "Kitchen Confidential".

roadshowrigoletto Nov 04, 2011

Worth the read. Entertaining. His critique of something so popular as the Food Network is spot-on. An enterprise less interested in food I can't imagine. They peddle celebrity. A sort-of 'low rent' celebrity, too.

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Jennmro
Jun 21, 2011

I've not seen much of Anthony Bourdain on TV but I enjoy his style of writing, so although a lot of what he's talking about is outside my realm of experience, I enjoy how opinionated he is and his colorful way of expressing said opinions! While most of this book felt like a rant, its well written, easy to read, and entertaining!

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debwalker Oct 03, 2011

"I come from a house filled with books. I had very good English teachers in high school. I was something of a reading prodigy when I was a little kid. When I was in kindergarten, I stole my parents' copy of Why Johnny Can't Read. It angered me that they would have such a book, and I read the whole thing. I was reading way ahead of my grade level for all of grammar school and beyond. I read very quickly. I read a lot. I read widely. It is a pleasure for me, a passion."

--Anthony Bourdain in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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