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Medium Raw

A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.6 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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

I like Anthony Bourdain.

If you could sum up Medium Raw in three words, what would they be?

Food, Fascination, Folklore

What other book might you compare Medium Raw to and why?

Kitchen Confidential, because Medium Raw was its sequel. A worthy one, too.

What about Anthony Bourdain’s performance did you like?

In Kitchen Confidential, his performance was perfunctory, but it didn't bother me because I liked the stories. In Medium Raw, his narration style improved significantly, and closer to his television performance. Listening to this, you can tell his passion in certain subjects. It's personal, and personal is good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Day off, comfortable couch, and maybe a glass of wine.

Any additional comments?

If you are not into Anthony Bourdain or world of culinary art in America, chances are you will not like this one.

You must read its prequel, Kitchen Confidential, before you start on this one. For continuation's sake, and better understanding in how Anthony Bourdain came to be, well, Anthony Bourdain. They are memoirs, but they read like a good novel. I'm waiting patiently for the next book.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mark
  • 04-06-2017

You can eat fish on Monday!

I loved Kitchen Confidential and this is a great follow up. It updates Tony's story as well as some of his characters.

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  • Laszlo Vitko
  • 14-03-2016

Simply Great

Listening to it three times now
Details of a chef life and a strong opinion about the industry from chefs to restaurant critics.
Entertaining
Just great
Thank you Antony

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  • mrs drudge
  • 19-09-2017

Not very interesting.

Evidently my review needs at least fifteen words, however, the title says it all. Really.

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