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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Bourdain Narrator: Anthony Bourdain Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780061988769
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An instant New York Times bestseller and the follow-up to the mega-hit Kitchen Confidential

In the 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 contestants; and many more.

Medium Raw is a deliciously funny and shockingly delectable journey sure to delight philistines and gourmands alike.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Bourdain is a vivid, bawdy, and often foul-mouthed writer. He thrills in the attack, but he is also an enthusiast who writes well about things he holds dear.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Bourdain has insight, access, and good taste, and he’s a naturally engaging writer…Bourdain is a hopeless romantic when it comes to food and the people who cook.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “When you read Bourdain, you never quite know what’s going to happen in the next sentence, but you can be sure you’re in for a treat, a shock, a surprise…Anyone who starts the book is liable to lose all control and simply gobble it right up. I certainly did.”

    Washington Post

  • “Full of things everybody in the food world thinks but nobody will say…If [Bourdain’s] sharp eye and his wicked tongue have brought him acclaim, what’s kept him in the spotlight is his heart. Like Oscar Wilde, he’s a moralist in the guise of a libertine. Long may he prosper.”

    Denver Post

  • “Bourdain is back with more intriguing food fights, moving further from the kitchen into the eating industry…[Bourdain’s] dissections…are still as hilarious, as scatological and as spot-on as ever…His fare—and his prose—is still quite spicy.”

    BookPage

  • “Always entertaining, and even at times enlightening.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/5/2014

    " Although I don't think that Bourdain is quite as consistently on target here as he is in Kitchen Confidential, this is still a very good read. Less a book than a collection of essays, it does suffer from inconsistency. Some chapters don't hold the reader's attention completely, and they appear even worse when they are bookended by wonderful essays on celebrity, fatherhood, and why the rich don't eat like the rest of us. But I guess it's Bourdain's own fault for writing a spectacular first book. It's hard to live up to that kind of reputation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peterbiro | 2/5/2014

    " He definitely mailed it in on this one. But still a good quick read if you liked Kitchen Confidential and/or food and cooking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 2/3/2014

    " Great writer! I'm always entertained by him... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Dustin | 1/31/2014

    " Bourdain is entertaining, as usual, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny; however, this reads more as a series of essays than as a book and they are of varying quality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana Santillan Ahumada | 1/28/2014

    " I love food, and I love cooking. So does Anthony Bourdain. Each chapter is another great glimpse into the world of what we eat. Bourdain is a great writer. His book kitchen confidential gave him this reputation as a punk, sharp witted, bad boy and perhaps he asked for it. But what I love about him and always have is his honesty and compassion. He should be a diplomat. His reverence for people and food all over the world is refreshing. Yes, he still let's people have it in this book but at each turn he accepts, names, and explains his responsibly (or lack of) in all of it. He owns all of it, good and bad. The result is a book that is sweet and brave. And makes you really hungry and curious about food. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip Cook | 1/26/2014

    " Great book. I really enjoy reading Bourdain's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mcav0y | 1/23/2014

    " Good, entertaining, but not as good as Kitchen Confidential. The updated retelling of his life after Kitchen Confidential, and I enjoyed hearing his views on the slow food movement and the current state of agriculture. This book is great for people that are interested in the current big-name chefs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Baber | 1/21/2014

    " Like an episode of No Reservations (without the strategic bleeps) and it just goes on, and on, and on... in a good way. Best of all, Bourdain's prose makes me want to write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/18/2014

    " I find Bourdain fun to read, so I enjoyed many sections of this book. It is essentially his musings on a variety of subjects. The sections on "Top Chef" and the chef who filets and portions the fish at Le Bernardin were my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Sancken | 1/12/2014

    " Hilarious, snarky, and intelligently written. It gives good insight into the world of fine dining and answers a lot of questions I've always wondered about Anthony. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Ripley | 12/30/2013

    " Man, this guy can rant. He has anger issues, I think, but they are entertaining anger issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnna | 12/10/2013

    " As much as I liked the dickhead style of Kitchen Confidential, it's nice to see that Anthony Bourdain has grown up a little. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/10/2013

    " Love Anthony and his humor!! Says what he thinks!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pascale Plänk Steig | 12/5/2013

    " I loved this fantastically well-written book. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Powers | 8/7/2013

    " If you like his television outlook, this translates well "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 4/3/2013

    " Good easy read. Some interesting stories. Anthony vasilates between a rebel you love and an outright pompous p***k. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 12/20/2012

    " Same old stuff re-hashed from Kitchen Confidential, but funny and sassy all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniela Botterbusch | 11/4/2012

    " Entertaining as always. His egotism has mellowed and I found his anecdotes more palatable than in KC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 10/28/2012

    " The most narcissistic, self indulgent book since Kitchen Confidential. Why do I keep trying to like this man?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 5/4/2012

    " Very interesting look at Anthony and the food industry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 5/4/2012

    " Took me a few chapters to get into this book but after that it became one of my favorite reads in quite a while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marc Pulverman | 4/21/2012

    " Totally self-indulgent and doesn't live up to Kitchen Confidential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 3/2/2012

    " More like Totally Raw but I like his rants, pretty hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmy | 1/27/2012

    " A little too much name-dropping and not enough about cooking and traveling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annabel Smith | 9/6/2011

    " This was funny, entertaining and easy-to-read, like all of Bourdain's books. But there was a little too much ranting and bitching in this one for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren Sukernek | 9/6/2011

    " Bourdain lovers won't be disappointed. Tony calls out the pompous and shows his love for the real chefs. A fun book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/29/2011

    " Good read, juicy gossip for those of us who watch the Food Network ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/27/2011

    " Not AS laugh out loud funny but there were still parts that made the people sitting next to me in the airplane look at me funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/25/2011

    " I love the way this man writes. Yes he can be grouchy and snarky, but he is also honest, humble and compassionate. Favorite chapters (must reads): "The rich eat differently than you and me", "I'm dancing" & the hypnotic, "My aim is true". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sphinx | 6/25/2011

    " Much better than his previous book. He's grown as a writer and his opinions have seemingly matured from someone who just was ranting and bitter to someone who is still bitter but able to make his point in cogent way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 6/24/2011

    " This was more of a commentary about various Chefs and such in the food industry as opposed to a book structured like Kitchen Confidential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rudy | 6/24/2011

    " Tony being Tony. You always know what to expect from Tony, another great read that made me want to go eat at Per Se even more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 6/21/2011

    " Good read, but hard to follow near the end if you don't know much about famous chefs. Still, Bourdain is witty and knows how to tell a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 6/14/2011

    "

    I skimmed this one on my phone, was interested because I like his show and him on Top Chef. It's decent, he's kind of crass but perspectives on the restaurant industry are interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maya | 6/13/2011

    " Entertaining bits, but overall kind of boring. Gossipy and self-indulgent, but that's what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 6/13/2011

    " Even better than Kitchen Confidential. He has grown as a writer and a thinker. A damn interesting book if you're into his other stuff. It is - believe it or not - happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/10/2011

    " Good, but like Kitchen Confidential, it gets a bit tiresome about 2/3rds the way in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 6/9/2011

    " Love his writing he is so raw "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 6/5/2011

    " The honest truth in a stream of swearing, sexual comments, and a history of drug use. He's amazing. "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. He began running New York kitchens at restaurants such as Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s. His extensive body of work has graced the pages of the New York Times, London’s Times and Observer, the Face, and Scotland on Sunday. He is an ongoing contributor and authority for Food Arts magazine. Bourdain’s fictional works include the crime novels Gone Bamboo and Bone in the Throat. His books Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw were New York Times bestsellers, and A Cook’s Tour met with huge success in both the United States and the United Kingdom.