Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (Unabridged)
by Anthony Bourdain
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The long-awaited follow-up to the mega-best-seller Kitchen Confidential In the 10 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 those 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. 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.
“No one rushes to take a sip of wine. They want to remember this flavor.”
Some of the best of Bourdain's writing is found in the little passages that a reader could almost miss entirely as she flies through the pages in search of Tony's take on Chang, Richman, Food Network... Like the simple, honest food he finds during his travels, it's the small, seemingly ordinary moments of honest observation and reflection that make this book so compelling.
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Reading is great, but listening to Tony read is essential. If you are a fan, you will not be disappointed.
Next up, we must lobby to get "A Cook's Tour" added to the TV seasons "for a proper historical" perspective of AB's journey.
Read by author is the best part. ;)