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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:
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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.”


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


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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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