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Medium Raw

A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
Bourdain, Anthony (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Medium Raw


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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.
Authors: Bourdain, Anthony
Title: Medium raw
a bloody valentine to the world of food and the people who cook
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco Press,, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xviii, 281 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Anthony Bourdain
Contents: Selling out
The happy ending
The rich eat differently than you and me
I drink alone
So you wanna be a chef
Virtue
The fear
Lust
Meat
Lower education
I'm dancing
"Go ask Alice"
Heroes and villains
Alan Richman is a douchebag
"I lost on Top Chef"
"It's not you, it's me"
The fury
My aim is true
The fish-on-Monday thing
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780061718946
0061718947
9780062009036
0062009036
Branch Call Number: B-Bo666m 2010
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Report This Sep 04, 2012
  • jvanhoy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bourdain is always entertaining. I appreciate his brutal honesty, regardless of how beloved his targets might be. And he is never more honest than when he talks about himself. Fun stuff. And it makes you wish you could live a life of leisure.

Report This Jul 26, 2012
  • bexrecca rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 21, 2012
  • VRMurphy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Nov 04, 2011
  • roadshowrigoletto rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 21, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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!

Report This Feb 07, 2011
  • alitat77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you are offended by strong language or annoyed by long overly descriptive passages... this may not be the book for you. If you were expecting Kitchen Confidential... this may not be the book for you. If you watch Anthony Bourdain's tv shows and don't really cook or take much interest in foodie things... this also, you guessed it, might not be the book for you. But then again, you should give it a chance and try it. I find Anthony's writing to be refreshing, brave, and sound much like how he speaks. I do get a bit lost in some areas, like when he goes on and on describing (comic book style) an imagined scene of his wife pulling out her martial arts skills on Sandra Lee. I like his description about WHY he dislikes the Food Network. I couldn't agree more and, perhaps because I was on his wave length, tended to not along with other portions of the book as well. An easy read. Worth checking out, but not worth buying... IMHO, a book this easy/quick to read is a waste of good book store funds! Better to check it out and then pass it on to the next person waiting in the wings.

Report This Jan 25, 2011
  • TheSponge rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Definitely not the kind of book you want to give to Mom! Unapologetically profane, well written, witty, and compelling is how I would describe the latest tome from Tony Bourdain. Self-deprecatory as usual, this book had me laughing out loud. Vulgarity notwithstanding, foodies will love this collection of essays. If you are not a foodie, you may not understand all of the inside references or clever asides. Either way, this was a book that had me laughing out loud!

Report This Aug 21, 2010
  • dougdixon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Definately not just a cookbook...

Report This Jul 18, 2010
  • kelliet rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A saner (almost) look into the world of cooking and feeding others. Awesome.

Report This Jul 15, 2010
  • seasonsreading rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In one chapter, he celebrates how his tiny daughter melts his heart, and he sheds his mantle of coolness as they dance the night away. A few pages later, he dedicates a chapter to calling Alan Richman a d-bag. How can you not love Anthony Bourdain? Even ordinarily shameful moments (heroin addiciton anyone?) he tells with unflinching honesty and approachably frank brutality. He's hilarious. He's smart. He's self-effacing. The way he describes food will have drool pooling at the corners of your mouth. He, as no other has, spurred me to pick up some recipes and attempt to make them-- no microwaves or pre-made packages involved, just real, fresh ingredients (and hey, some were pretty good!). Even if you don't care all that much about food or travel or you haven't seen his show or read his other book, you will after reading Medium Raw. Anthony Bourdain never claims to be a good cook. But boy, he sure knows how to write.

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"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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