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Here is Anthony Bourdain's long-awaited sequel to Kitchen Confidential, the worldwide best seller.

A lot has changed since then - 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-travelling professional eater and drinker, Bourdain compares and contrasts what he's seen and what he's seeing, pausing along the way for a series of confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food. And always he returns to the question: 'Why cook?' Or the harder one to answer: 'Why cook well?'

Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after-hours gathering of powerful chefs, which he compares to a mafia summit, Bourdain, in his distinctive, no holds barred style, cuts to the bone on every subject he tackles.

©2010 Anthony Bourdain (P)2010 HarperCollins

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Great book

Bourdain does it again. A great followup on his previous book. His style and honesty are much appreciated

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so damn funny

Kept laughing out loud while everyone looks on at me like a werdio ...such a good listen

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Great followup to Kitchen Confidential

Bourdain's style is brilliant, relaxed, well written and humorous. If you have an interest in chefs or cooking (or travel), there's something here for you. Thoroughly enjoyable read!

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The end of an era

The hospitality industry fades away as does the tourism industry. Both were great while they lasted (for about 70 years).

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fantastic revisit to the bourdain mind

fantastic listen, brilliant narration from bourdain, great insight to the changes in the kitchen since kitchen confidential, and an outsiders look the mainstream flood

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Another fantastic insight into the culinary world

There is something blunt and yet refined about Anthony Bourdain. This book will have you crying, laughing and empathising with the seedy underbelly of cooking. The final 5 chapters will only appeal to people with a strong connection to well known chefs. The ending also feels abrupt, but the book is still fantastic.

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why didn't I read this earlier?

Book was great, loved Bourdains descriptions of places he's been to around the world - towards the end it went on a bit long.

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A great ride.

Really enjoy his method and storytelling. Such a pity he is no longer with us.

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  • Ken Makita
  • 07-03-2014

Listening to this again in 2021

And I will listen to this again soon, the next time I come across any Anthony Bourdain reference unexpectedly. This, along with Kitchen Confidential, is how I will remember him.

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  • Khalil Ahmed
  • 09-11-2019

A masterpiece

The way he tells stories is so seamless and amazing. He’s was a natural with words. Rip.

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  • bahahahahahaha
  • 20-01-2021

I miss this guy, a great voice for the wayward

I miss this guy, a great voice for the wayward, lost and lonely... as well as the narcacstic, maniacal and derranged.

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  • Phil
  • 18-01-2019

Sadly, it did not live up to my expections

After reading Kitchen Confidential many years ago, and being such a huge fan of No Reservations, I was very excited to listen to Medium Raw.

For me, it lacked much of what made Kitchen Confidential so ground breaking - the insider info we wouldn't ordinarily get access to (no sushi on Monday's etc!). Quite often, the book would turn into ramblings against people Bourdain holds a grudge against.

There were a few enjoyable moments, but those were few and far between. If you're a fan of Bourdain, definitely read it - but don't go into it with huge expectations as I have done, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

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  • Gary
  • 25-07-2016

Bourdain at his finest

Great, Bourdains story telling is extraordinary I would highly recommend this as a listen. If you are a chef or interested in being one this is a must.

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  • Leah
  • 07-06-2011

Very enjoyable

I liked this audio, his passion for food evident. Made even better by the fact Anthony Bourdin narrated himself.

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  • james
  • 13-03-2021

Anthony is aways great

very good really enjoyed this book. Great insight and afterbirth on reflection of many years in the catering industry

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  • ARZO McClelland
  • 09-03-2021

Love it

love the way he tells it straight but still keeps a little hidden mystery on who people are.

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  • Mike
  • 31-12-2020

Reminiscent of Hopper

Stories about Bourdain’s life, loves, and villains. At its best the book turns you into a fly on the wall in some of the arteries of modern kitchens. Peppered with jabs at those in the industry Bourdain feels don’t do the craft justice; I found this enjoyable and heartwarming.

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  • Neal Bunting
  • 03-11-2020

Loved it

This book is basically review proof for me due to the fact that I love Tony Bourdain in print or on TV. Laugh out loud funny in places, snarky, just classic Bourdain.

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  • Aidi
  • 17-12-2019

Incredible

I have never listened to a book as fast as this one. I couldn’t wait to hear the next chapter. Captivating from start to finish.

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  • Liane
  • 07-12-2018

Not quite a coherent book

Feels more like an assembly of newspaper columns - but evocative of food experiences around the world. Some interesting reflections, but I can’t guarantee that you will finish up liking the author....

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