Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony BourdainMedium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

byAnthony Bourdain

Paperback | May 3, 2011

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The instant New York Times bestseller and follow-up to Anthony Bourdain’s blockbuster classic on the cooking life, Kitchen Confidential

Medium Raw marks the return of the inimitable Anthony Bourdain, author of the blockbuster bestseller Kitchen Confidential and three-time Emmy Award-nominated host of No Reservations on TV’s Travel Channel. Bourdain calls his book, “A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook,” and he is at his entertaining best as he takes aim at some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, Alice Waters, the Top Chef winners and losers, and many more. If Hunter S. Thompson had written a book about the restaurant business, it could have been Medium Raw.

Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novelsBone in the ThroatandGone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestsellerKitchen ConfidentialandA Cook's Tour. He is the host of the popular television showNo Reservations.
Title:Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who CookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061718955

ISBN - 13:9780061718953


Rated 5 out of 5 by from 180 Change from Kitchen Confidential While I agree this is no masterpiece to Kitchen Confidential, it still is an excellent read. This book differs as it provides Bourdain's viewpoints on a number of different topics and of course without reservations! Bourdain is able to keep you interested chapter after chapter with varying topics.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! Not my favourite from Bourdain but still good. Steer clear if you don't like rude and crude but keep going if you like honesty.
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!! He writes the way he speaks....the honest it or can hear his voice on every page! Totally Bourdain at his finest!! Very raw and spoken from his honest heart!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of his books I adored this book. Read the paper version and then listened to the audio.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Meh- Love Bourdain but this book didn't do much for me. His other books are better...just my opinion though
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He's Back!! That sarcastic tone and voice is back in this book. I was so happy to see there was a follow-up from Kitchen Confidential! Bourdain's honesty and "I don't give a shit attitude" evolves into parenthood and his professional career. He owns his mistakes, he capitalizes on his triumphs and I ate every word. The book left me hungry, literally. Can't ask for much more, other than a Bourdain meal.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from insightful would recommend kitchen confidential first to anyone wanting to read about anthony bourdain / life of a chef; however this was still an insightful look into his own life as a chef.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit repetitive Big fan of his but this one felt a bit dull comparing to his other books.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good follow up If you liked Kitchen Confidential, then its safe to say that you'll enjoy Medium Raw as its by and large a continuation of what Kitchen Confidential was. Like Kitchen Confidential, its incredibly insightful about the food yet there's also more opinions of famous industry names this time around. Bourdain still holds no punches and shows he remains sharp in his criticisms.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick, funny & eccentric If you enjoy any of Anthony Bourdain's shows like The Layover or No reservations you'll enjoy this book. However, if meat eating bothers you then this is a book you should avoid. Anthony Bourdain loves meat and doesn't shy away in his descriptions of meals or the process of preparing meat. Personally, that just added to my enjoyment because I found the descriptions and discussions fascinating but I can see it bothering some. Medium Raw is quick, it's funny and, at times, somewhat eccentric as you progress through the different chapters but to me that added to the charm. The references to things mentioned in kitchen confidential were lost on me as I haven't read it yet but to anyone who has, there is a chapter following up on some people mentioned in the book that might interest you
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bourdain Strikes Again! Bourdain has the gift of prose and this doesn't disappoint. The first half of the book is stronger as the topics are more generalized about food and culture. The second part begins to drag (not too much, just a teaspoon) as Bourdain discusses some of his buddies and chefs in the industry. Still a joy to read!
Date published: 2011-10-31

Editorial Reviews

“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.”