Sep 27, 2020
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
Posted by Anthony Bourdain

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 businessand for Anthony Bourdain Medium Raw explores these changes, moving back and forth from the author s bad old days tIn 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 .And always he returns to the question Why cook Or the difficult Why cook well Medium Raw is the deliciously funny and shockingly delectable journey to

  • Title: Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
  • Author: Anthony Bourdain
  • ISBN: 9780061718946
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Medium Raw A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook 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 th

    Madeline

    Order the fucking fish on Monday Although Medium Raw isn t, technically speaking, a sequel to Anthony Bourdain s first collection of restaurant industry related essays, it s definitely a companion volume to the point where if you read Medium Raw without first having read Kitchen Confidential, you re not really getting the full experience Kitchen Confidential was a brash, cranky, profanity filled collection of essays detailing the ugly ins and outs of the restaurant industry and the people who ma [...]


    RandomAnthony

    I like Anthony Bourdain in part because he admits the mini empire he s created is a good paying gig and he feels fortunate to have landed it Bourdain s a paradox in that his street level authenticity is one of his strengths but, at the same time, he admits he s loaded and gets all the privileges associated with his celebrity While he self depreciates with the best of them he s also not nearly off the cuff, I think, as he d like his fans to believe He s like a less frantic Klosterman except with [...]


    Stacey

    Anthony Bourdain I like his show and I like the way he writes He has a no holds barred way of writing about what he thinks Medium Raw is like a string of rants Great material here on how he feels about certain chefs good, bad, new, and seasoned and especially the Food Network I didn t understand his grievance with Food Network since that s where he started, but I get it now He writes a little about his travels and how humbling it is to be fed in some places where there is almost nothing No matte [...]


    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I have mixed feelings about this book On one hand, I really liked parts of it I loved hearing Anthony Bourdain narrate the story, which he did expertly All those years of talking on TV have taught him to how to deliver lines flawlessly, and it shows It s just like listening to him on TV, which made it easy, fun listening I also laughed at some of his stories, really enjoying Tony when he feels his most real and down and dirty However, parts of the story also annoyed me a great deal I live in the [...]


    Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    Medium Raw is a great book for a foodie like me I m a fan of Bourdain s and especially enjoyed listening to the audiobook since he s the narrator Every curse word is uttered with terrific emphasis, and he never pronounces anything related to the restaurant business incorrectly But it s not all about any angry guy telling you about the people who piss him off Bourdain talks about the relationships people have with food today, and what they pass on to their kids More directly, he thinks parents wh [...]


    Will Mclaughlin

    An image of Tony Bourdain has been carefully cultivated by publishers, producers and Bourdain himself this punk rock loving, hard drinking, two pack a day sacred cow killing rebel who suffers no fools and and takes no bullshit Look no further than the cover of this book which features Bourdain staring out imperiously while handling the pointiest end of a knife And to a certain extent the image is earned But Medium Raw shatters that image in many ways The standard Bourdain tropes are here Alice W [...]


    Juliet Doubledee

    Chalk one up to Anthony Bourdain once again, as he presents a witty and insightful view of the culinary world In Medium Raw Bourdain discusses the changes that have taken place in the subculture of chefs and cooks, the restaurant business, and in his own life during the ten years since her banged out his mega best selling book, Kitchen Confidential.Bourdain admits no longer can he call himself chef , especially after filming an episode of No Reservations in which he went back to his old stomping [...]


    Lauren

    Oh Tony you have so much to offer pithy observations, thoughtful commentary on a host of subjects and then you devolve into talking shit about almost everyone Sure, that s some of your charm you say it like it is, you snark, you are lovingly curmudgeonly but a few times in reading this book that I just skipped and skipped over few chapters Too much bad jou jou with all the mud slinging You had some great tales to tell island hopping with the old money crazy girl, teaching your daughter about the [...]


    Greg

    I ll admit it I m not much of a foodie, and I ve never been a close follower of Anthony Bourdain I ve seen a few great episodes of No Reservations, but I ve never gotten around to reading Kitchen Confidential There s no doubt, however, that the man can write Fans will undoubtedly salivate over Medium Raw, a book that is less a linear narrative and a series of essays, some of them personal about his new family life, for instance but most of them taking aim at the modern food world the double edg [...]


    Alex

    How long that sort of douche oriented economy survives is questionable Not my favorite of Bourdain s books He s really mastered this weird little game he plays where he starts off by savaging one celebrity chef or another and then backtracks utterly, excusing all the things he just hated on and concluding that they re not so bad after all.What fun is that Bourdain at his best has something worthwhile to say about the importance of food and the value of embracing different cultures through eating [...]


    Dave

    By now, pretty much anyone with an interest in popular culture, food or books knows who Anthony Bourdain is With his wildly successful debut nonfiction title, Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain burst onto the literary scene with an acerbic, profane and hilarious voice all his own Lambasting the industry he made a career in for 28 years while at the same time baring his own addictions and shortcomings, Bourdain rightly became a darling of the very people he tore apart He translated this success into [...]


    Shannon

    Book Narration I love watching Bourdain s TV shows I especially love it when he s a judge on Top Chef I also love to read when he blogs about the show too For some reason though, his books end up being sort of mediocre I only got through half of Kitchen Confidential before I gave up and moved onto something else I keep telling myself I ll come back to it someday, but I m really not sure I will I ended up listening to this book on audio, and I think that might be the way to go when it comes to th [...]


    James Thane

    Ten years after his surprising best seller, Kitchen Confidential Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony Bourdain has perhaps mellowed a bit, but happily only a bit In Medium Raw A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, the former chef turned critic and global traveler surveys the current state of the food and restaurant world.As always, Bourdain is witty and profane, and he rarely pulls a punch as he takes on topics ranging from the Food Network, to the fast food [...]


    David

    There are some great moments and typical entertaining chapters by Tony in this onebut there are also some moments that don t grab you The wit is always there to urge others to read this still, as I would recommend.


    Meredith

    I enjoyed this audiobook maybe not as much as Kitchen Confidential, but Bourdain really knows how to write This felt less like a memoir and like a collection of essays with some life stories thrown in, but I d definitely recommend the audiobook.


    Jenn Ravey

    I am not a foodie I am the exact opposite of a foodie I don t plan out restaurants when I travel I love food however, I m one of the pickiest eaters you ll meet But I love love love Anthony Bourdain and his show No Reservations I guess because, unlike some foodies, he genuinely seems to enjoy what he eats without reservation.Medium Raw is just what you d expect from Bourdain a series of rants, raves, and love notes to the food, its industry, and its people, and I loved every second of it The ess [...]


    jenn

    Man, I have the worst role models Whatever I love this guy.I listened to this as an audiobook, which was fun though I m so used to Tony s voice right now, I don t think I missed much by reading Kitchen Confidential Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly on my Kindle Narration aside, I think Medium Raw A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook is a better book Tony names names this time around, and most of his subjects are well known nationally or internationally, as opposed [...]


    Vegantrav

    Anthony Bourdain is notorious for his loathing of and snide comments about vegetarians and vegans, so why would I, a strict vegan, be reading his new book I like Bourdain I like his writing style, his attitude, and his sense of humor And I do take a gossip s perverse enjoyment in reading all the nasty comments he makes about the other celebrity chefs and cooks that he hates.Additionally, I really enjoyed his first book, Kitchen Confidential, which was a great, authentic look, from an insider, at [...]


    Lena

    It s been ten years since Tony first wrote Kitchen Confidential, his snarky, foul mouthed expos memoir about the restaurant industry in New York A lot has happened to Tony since that book was published, and a lot has happened to the American food scene as well Medium Raw is a collection of essays in which Tony muses in his traditional, foul mouthed tone about the good, the bad and the ugly in both of those arenas.Those who enjoy Tony s particular blend of sharp insight, food passion and colorful [...]


    Adam

    Alright, the rating s pretty generous But the chapters on David Chang, meat, and the rich alone make up for the book s faults There are other great moments, too.But about the rich people I ve been around some decent rich people, but there s this thing that seems to happen with either the ultra rich or those who look up to the ultra rich that is just fucking unbelievable These loathsome fucks are so consumed with concern about showing the world that they have taste that they never bother developi [...]


    Melissa

    Let s get this out up front The F bomb is ABUNDANT in Anthony Bourdain s Medium Raw It s how he has made a living first as a foul mouth chef, now as a foul mouth TV travel host The F Bomb is so copious that if it were buck shot loaded into a shot gun and fired at the book, all you would have left hanging from the spine was a few tattered pages that looked a lot like Swiss cheese But if you have read his first book, Kitchen Confidential, or followed his TV show, you would know this so I was prepa [...]


    Bryce

    I d recently made reservations for the fried chicken dinner at Momofuku Noodle Shop, so I felt undeniably smug while reading this book I m going to a David Chang restaurant I thought I m part of the scene Anthony Bourdain s talking about Well, not really I m a fairly proficient home cook Sometimes, I m downright impressive I try to buy good ingredients and I m not afraid to experiment I go to restaurants regularly, sometimes very good ones But I m not a foodie And I m definitely not up on the di [...]


    Joe

    This is the sort of book I buy when I become overloaded with literary novels, and then, a few chapters in, become so impatient with the writing and style that I angrily speed read clumps of pages, unable to let any book go, no matter how silly it becomes Fortunately, the best of Bourdain can justify this passive aggressive self flagellation his stories remain first rate, and he has an ability to describe, not food, but the pleasure of eating food, with unbeatable allure The two chapters that sta [...]


    Marthe Bijman

    Ever since I first saw Anthony Bourdain on TV, skidding to a halt in his pointy toed boots in the intro to No Reservations , I ve been meaning to read his books Much has been said about them particularly about his 2000 d but Kitchen Confidential , described as shocking, wild, anarchic etc Since those days Bourdain has changed from L enfant Terrible of the food industry into its Elder but not entirely decorous Statesman Medium Raw is everything Kitchen Confidential is not His writing style has se [...]


    Brendan Monroe

    If Kitchen Confidential was a Porterhouse the king of steaks then Medium Raw is a very good T Bone It s been ten years since the publication of the aforementioned Kitchen Confidential and Bourdain is flying high Having gone from lying in bed awake at night with a constant fear of eviction, Bourdain now has a very successful TV show and has featured prominently in guest spots on such acclaimed shows as Top Chef Life is good.Though he wrote other books during this ten year period, Medium Raw is th [...]


    Tina

    This is the third book I have read by Anthony Bourdain Another Thumbs Up rating he never disappoints Bourdain goes off on rants about subjects close to his heart obviously the food industry, covering everything from celebrity chefs, Food Network, traveling and people in general You know, the idiotic things people do that have you just shaking your head.One example he is at a book signing for Medium Raw and fans of Kitchen Confidential young fans I may add drop off joints of marijuana or packets [...]


    Clare

    I both love and hate Anthony Bourdain Poor little rich boy keeps running through my head as I read his words And talk about food snobbery God forbid you aren t interested in eating some endangered species little bird head, feet and everything else chomping down in ecstasy on little birdie bones Bourdain veers back in forth in his admiration hate for other chefs Sometimes he hates the person but admires their ability so much that he tries hard to give them their due.Bourdain s language is crude a [...]


    Anna

    Entertaining as in how expected.It s been a long time since Kitchen Confidential, and Bourdain has grown up quite a bit Yet he s still sufficiently angry to at least entertain you.Yet Medium Raw is a good title Not just how he likes his steaks, but also for the writing Some parts were medium and some raw than the others The medium and elaborated parts included e.g what has changed since Kitchen Confidential was published like the Monday fish thing Go ahead, order it, it s ok now The rawer part [...]


    Lara Beers

    Anthony Bourdain is anything if entertaining One of my favorite people to watch and to read In this long awaited follow up to the mega hit Kitchen Confidential the TV star and admittedly retired chef, gives additional perspective on himself when the book launched his career and personage into the spotlight It was inspiring and heartening to learn that he was a musty 44 year old when the book hit Nice to know that when you think your dreams are dead and you are over the hill, miracles still do co [...]


    Dean

    Most food celebs of Bourdain s stature would be content to rest on their laurels and take the easy road to nirvanaville but Bourdain being Bourdain decides to crank up the volume, exceeding even the screeching levels of his incendiary Kitchen Confidential in this no holds barred diatribe of things that Bourdain finds right and mostly wrong in today s food scene.Reading through this book is like sitting with Bourdain and his closest chums in an after hours watering hole while he unleashes his tho [...]



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