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 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.
Tony does it again!
Anthony Bourdain appeals to both kinds of people in the world; chefs and those who want to be chefs. Once again he has given the reader a look into the underbelly of restaurant society. I have read all of Tony's books, from the fiction to his cook books, and have been fortunate enough to dine at his former restaurant Les Halles. His writing style makes for a fun read, even in between dupes on a slow weeknight. For all of you that know him just from tv, make sure you pick up " Bobby Gold stories" and "Typhoid Mary", you will not be disappointed! Thanks again Tony!
Bourdian Back to Entertain
Anthony Bourdain is back with another winner. This book provides much more insight in to his private light and struggles to survey. His self doubts and reasons for not "selling" out by coming out with a line of Bourdain inspired cookware.
His story is not only fascinating but contains further insight in to food why we love it and how important great food, even if it's as simple as a bowl of Pho is to the World's culture.
Bourdain at his best.
I am a huge fan of Tonys books and shows. My review may be bias but I had to say that his book is great for any chefs, cooks, goodies. Bravo Tony and a great read!