The long-awaited follow-up to the megabestseller Kitchen
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.