Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jun 8, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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.

  

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Review: Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

By now, pretty much anyone with an interest in popular culture, food or books knows who Anthony Bourdain is. With his wildly successful debut nonfiction title, Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain burst ... Read full review

Review: Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

User Review  - Jenn Ravey - Goodreads

I am not a foodie. I am the exact opposite of a foodie. I don't plan out restaurants when I travel. I love food; however, I'm one of the pickiest eaters you'll meet. But I love love love Anthony ... Read full review

Contents

Selling Out
1
The Happy Ending
19
The Rich Eat Differently Than You and Me
25
Drink Alone
43
So You Wanna Be a Chef
49
Virtue
59
The Fear
65
Lust
77
Go Ask Alice
127
Heroes and Villains
143
Alan Richman Is a Douchebag
163
I Lost on Top Chef
179
Its Not You Its Me
191
The Fury
209
My Aim Is True
233
The FishonMonday Thing
253

Meat
95
Lower Education
111
Im Dancing
117
Still Here
269
Acknowledgments
283
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About the author (2010)

Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestseller Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour. He is the host of the popular television show No Reservations.

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