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Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook - Anthony Bourdain
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061718946 (0061718947)
ASIN: 61718947
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 281
Edition language: English
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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
4.0 MEDIUM RAW by Anthony Bourdain
He tells of what is happening in high end restaurants now as well as the television end of it. It was interesting when I knew who he was talking about when he talks of Food Network people. Not as interesting as he talks about chefs in high end restaurants. He does say what is happening to the high e...
nouveau
nouveau rated it
4.0 Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
I might have been a trifle mean in lopping off the fourth star for Kitchen Confidential, although I stand by my assessment that there's plenty of hyperbole in Bourdain's breakout work. I guess I prefer the more mellowed out Bourdain here? (age 54 rather than 44?) although in sheer cultural impact th...
Harbinger of Books
Harbinger of Books rated it
4.0
I really learned about Anthony Bourdain from his television show No Reservations. I always thought he was funny and I appreciate his view of the food and the culture in a city.I am not a foodie, I hate fusion food and I like the basics but done really well. Shows like Top Chef or anything food netwo...
hungoverdrawn
hungoverdrawn rated it
3.0 Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
Only three stars for Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw, which I found a little... undercooked?Medium Raw is more episodic than Kitchen Confidential and though there were some interesting notes about where, when and how that book was written, it only harked back to it occasionally - more so towards the e...
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UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
2.0
"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 c...
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