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.
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1 . Would have "loved" it but...
Posted July 08, 2010 by nyctini11 , NYCChef Bourdain, who knew you could write so well!.. must have a GREAT editor ;-)
For those of you who loved KC, and those of you that loved KC but were then on the fence with that other, later book, BUY THIS. Chef Tony's back!...obviously, nothing will be as funny as KC, but if you've been waiting, as i have been, and watching, as i have been(until cablevision decided not to have the travel channel, i really miss Rachel Ray's weekends abroad, NOT) then you've been anxiously awaiting this book. He finally let us back in... stopped being the incessant narrator and started talking REAL again... Bourdain that's we love best about you, you're honest frankness... happy, hysterical AND oh so worth the read. "Woulda "loved" it but.... 3 issues i have.....
#1- TOO short. I just kinda wish this book was a traveling narrative, even if its about boring ballet class, you make it funny
#2- I personally, would have loved the chapter about Sandra Lee to have ended in Ottavia(your wife, sorry if spelled her name wrong, just had my sip of cold beer) pinning her against the wall with a left hook!
#3- Though it was too short, i hope its not the end, you have plenty more stories, and even if not, elaborate further on your drunken nights with your friend in the turkish bath house and icelandic bars(a la the Travel Channel) and Eric Ripert, i just love watching you 2 together!
Rock On Chef Bourdain and enjoy!
2 . Bourdain at his best
Posted July 02, 2010 by Dr. Dave , Houston, TXThis book was splendid. An excellent follow up to Kitchen Confidental. I love how straight up and honest he is. The brother has extreme hangability.
June 07, 2010
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