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Medium Raw A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who CookDuctive sybaritic lifestyle that comes with working in the restaurant industry There s not a ton of that here Unless you re already a well known chef who is invited to be a judge on guest panels or you do a lot of international fringe traveling there s not a ton to identify with here Also there s a seeming hypocrisy afoot The second chapter of the book Bourdain talks at great length about how he refuses to license his name for his own line of cookware or refuses to let someone just slap his name on a restaurant for the maruee value Yet I received this book as part of a cooking class called Anthony Bourdain s Mastering The Basics at the Sur La Table chain of kitchen stores There s a chapter where he mentions a couple of things that we cooked in the class very briefly But no real recipes The recipes we made seemed pretty sanitized with an occasional ass or shit thrown in to make it sound like his voice So I don t know if this was something done without his knowledge or if he gave p a valued principleI met Chef Bourdain briefly back in NYC at Siberia Bar A nice genuine but reserved guy We didn t get to talk a bunch or become best friends But reading this book feels like sitting down and having a great conversation with a guy who s lived an amazing life Bourdain at his scathing bestThis is for the serious foodie or fan of Bourdain s storytelling style I ll admit he wasn t always the warmest individual but he was a gifted writer and narrator and I enjoyed his biting wit and ability to skewer in the light what others merely whispered in the darkIn this collection of essays he takes on raw food enthusiasts multi course meals the Food Network and the sual suspects of the culinary world His essay about Alice Waters whom he once called Pol Pot in a Mumu is napologetic in his continued disdain And gaspingly delightful For me the most noteworthy essay was that of an employee at Le Bernardin arguably the best seafood restaurant in the world a gentleman who toils away for hours every day cleaning and cutting fish to exacting standards Bourdain s respect for this man is evident in every word his reverence for the task he performs shows Marie Antoinette us what he valued Whatever anyone else might say his love and respect for food and those that prepare it always towered above all else just as in Kitchen ConfidentialI listened to the audio narrated by Bourdain in February 2019 but had forgotten to note it and recently came across Bourdain Remembered in which friends and fans share their memories Love or hate him he was one of a kindRead February 2019 Well this was always going to be a bittersweet read It still seems surreal that this vibrant man with such a curiosity for the world is not a part of it any longer but his legacy lives on He doesn t hold back but is far thoughtful and measured than in Kitchen Confidential Certainly recommended especially for fans of his shows and previous writingFind reviews and bookish fun at I have long believed that it is only right and appropriate that before one sleeps with someone one should be able if calledpon to do so to make them a proper omelet in the morning Surely that kind of civility and selflessness would be both good manners and good for the world Perhaps omelet skills should be learned at the same time you learn to fuck Perhaps there should be an nspoken agreement that in the event of loss of virginity the experienced of the partners should afterward make the other an omelet passing along the skill at an important and presumably memorable momentAmen my loveMedium Raw is the best possible title Bourdain could have given this book it was written by a much mellower man than the one who I like to picture furiously scribbled Kitchen Confidential a mature person who has taken a step back and did a decent amount of soul searching But because Anthony Bourdain is Anthony Bourdain he serves his introspection like well not ite a slap in the face but there s no point in expecting subtlety or sugar coating hereWhile it is not Programming in Objective C uite a seuel it s definitely preferable to have read Kitchen Confidential before you get into Medium Raw as Bourdain reflects back on who he was when that first book was published and how much things have changed in his life and in the cooking world since You ll lose a lot of context if you are not familiar with the first book but to be honest I like this one better They should come as a setI was planning on keeping this as my bedside book and to just read a few pages before bed for a few days but that wasnderestimating how much I fucking love reading anything Bourdain wrote Once I cracked it open there was no stopping or prying the book out of my hands Reading Bourdain is an interesting experience for me because it makes me laugh it makes me think about things may never have crossed my mind if it hadn t been makes me think about things may never have crossed my mind if it hadn t been his books and I often find it very moving because he was not afraid to expose himself flaws and all I can t help but find that combination incredibly sexy Medium Raw is a rant a confession a manifesto It s not always pretty but it s always passionate and napologetic which is absolutely beautiful It starts with a surreal story about eating ortolans then hops from topic to topic hitting rock bottom on a Caribbean island whoring out to the from topic to topic hitting rock bottom on a Caribbean island whoring out to the Network and Dealing With It Why with it why school might be a huge mistake a statement about why cooking is a life skill literally everyone should master a rant about the God given right to a hamburger that won t kill you his own very particular brand of fatherhood a laundry list of people in the food world he loves and of those he can t stand Every subject is dissected with insight wit and enthusiasmI thought I couldn t fall in love with the man any harder after reading A Cook s Tour and binging Parts Unknown on Netflix I was wrong His way with words the wonderfully twisted workings of his mind his way of looking at the world and never averting his eye reading this book made me melt Sure he was a cantankerous world weary recovered junkie but I also can t think of another non fiction writer who has the kindness and authenticity he put on the page The rude cranky thing feels to me like an armor to hide a romantic and idealistic nature that the fucked p world we live in disappointed repeatedly I get it and this magnificent crazy man will always have a piece of my heartIf you like Bourdain s style his shows or his other books don t miss this one Call me a sap but reading this made me much emotional than I had anticipated My brand spanking new copy is clearly fresh off the press because in the little about the author blurb on the flyleaf the publisher added the heartbreaking for me at least line He. At 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 controversial figures in food Always returning to the The Water Of Life uestion “Why cook “ Or the harder to answer “Why cook well”Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after hours gathering of powerful chefs he compares to a Mafia summit the story follows the twists and eddie. I like Anthony Bourdain in part because he admits the mini empire he s created is a good paying gig and he feels fortunate to have landed it Bourdain s a paradox in that his street level authenticity is one of his strengths but at the same time he admits he s loaded and gets all the privileges associated with his celebrity While he self depreciates with the best of them he s also not nearly off the cuff I think as he d like his fans to believe He s like a less frantic Klosterman except with talent and knowledge of his field And he recognizes authenticity however staged makes good writing and television If you were to put him say on Rachel Ray s show even after he s slammed her in print he could both talk with her courteously and impart the idea that he s not buying into the Food Network entertainer concept while he s on her very show on that very network That s a rare skillNow that Bourdain s done the food memoir Kitchen Confidential the travel book A Cook s Tour and the articlesouttakes collection The Nasty Bits I was skeptical of Medium Raw because I m not sure about what else he could write without re treading easy literary marks Medium Raw however is successful for fans I think I ve seen every No Reservation episode and have admitted to a Bourdain man crush but probably less effective as an introduction to Bourdain s worknless you re a food culture person in which case you ve already heard of BourdainThe book reads as a collection of nineteen essays mostly about cooking restaurants the media etc The only essays that don t work at all are the obligatory I have a daughter and I have to be a grown The Year of Living Biblically up now essay and annnecessary where are they now summary of Kitchen Confidential characters Bourdain s background knowledge is his secret weapon He ll toss around culinary terms I ve never heard and name check chefs restaurant critics etc like a fantasy football junkie trading wide receiver stats He ll remind you he s done his time in the kitchen trenches He rips Alice Waters some famous hippy chef from California I guess a new asshole for offensive comments about people who say they can t afford organic food but also admit he s glad she exists He ll eviscerate another food critic for taking shots at his friends instead of aiming the crosshairs directly at him then follow with a mash note describing a guy especially talented at cutting fish And he ll admit that bad cooking and lame food shows make him nreasonably angry Some of the targets eg vegetarians are old Bourdain news and he writes for people who follow restaurant culture than ever before but I who doubt I ve ever been to a fine dining restaurant in my life could follow along pretty well Fans will recognize names and places Ruhlman Les Halles from the Bourdain factsheet Medium Raw may be a fans only book really but the essays embody enough of the Bourdain spirit to make reading fun and worthwhile like a strong album from a band you really like rather than an easy money revisiting of slam dunk themes I think Bourdain has finally figured out he s not going to crash and burn anytime soon He s here to stay and with that knowledge can write from an I m here and there s nothing my detractors can do about it so I m going to write about what I want rather than a I m probably going to fail so fuck it I m writing about what I want perspective That subtle difference is important to Medium Raw Anthony Bourdain is dead Long live Anthony Bourdain I have mixed feelings about this book On one hand I really liked parts of it I loved hearing Anthony Bourdain narrate the story which he did expertly All those years of talking on TV have taught him to how to deliver lines flawlessly and it shows It s just like listening to him on TV which made it easy fun listening I also laughed at some of his stories really enjoying Tony when he feels his most real and down and dirty However parts of the story also annoyed me a great deal I live in the NYC area and though I m not a foodie in any extreme sense I ve been to many of the high end restaurants in Manhattan and I m familiar with a variety of star chefs Even still I was clueless about the majority of chefs that Bourdain casually name drops You need to be an insider or someone who is a Chowho An image of Tony Bourdain has been carefully cultivated by publishers producers and bourdain himself cultivated by publishers producers and Bourdain himself punk rock loving hard drinking two pack a day sacred cow killing rebel who suffers no fools and and takes no bullshit Look no further than the cover of this book which features Bourdain staring out imperiously while handling the pointiest end of a knife And to a certain extent the image is earned But Medium Raw shatters that image in many ways The standard Bourdain tropes are here Alice Waters is a villain James Beard society is bullshit Alan Richman is a cunt He continues to eviscerate carpetbagging parasites who continue to profit off of the food that he holds holy But a much different Bourdain emerges in this book Too much focus is always given to his bad boy image without balancing it out with the sound logic and empathetic reasons he has for giving the peopleinstitutions shit Just as an example yes he calls Alice Waters a villain but not just to slaughter an eminence grise She has the hubris to suggest Obama appoint her to a special committee to address America s eating habits when she hasn t voted since the seventies And she dreams of an America where everyone is a farmer of some sort But he the seventies And she dreams of an America where everyone is a farmer of some sort But he also incredibly complimentary of her skill intellect and social graces A really different Anthony Bourdain comes out hereHe s a very sentimental loving husband and father A good and loyal friend to those who share his passions He s very frank about his limitations as a chef and very humble about the company he s been thrown in with He fully admits that he s out of his league when he gets put on panels with guys like Ripert and Boloud He dances with his daughter in day care And he s very frank and apologetic about the collateral damage he may have done in Kitchen Confidential This is a stand p guy who deserves to be read and treated as than the cardboard tough guy punch out the media has made him out to be The only disappointing thing about the book is the very fact that it follows Kitchen Confidential It s like Weezer following their first album with Pinkerton it was a fine album but it was

All About The Travails Of 
about the travails of a successful rock star KC was so great at least to people like me who sed to work the line because it transported you to the reality of that world Most of what people see of kitchens and chefs is what they see on Top Chef or Chopped You don t see the egos the tensions and the overall se. A lot has changed since Kitchen Confidential For the subculture of chefs and cooks for the restaurant business as a whole and for Anthony Bourdain Medium Raw explores those changes taking the reader back and forth from the author’s bad old days to the present Tracking his own strange and nexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe travelling professional eater and drinker Bourdain compares and contrasts wh. Died in 2018 I confess a moment of true anger at the publishing industry s callous cashing in let s republish his entire body of work now that he s dead the sales will skyrocket And here I am feeding the vultures Once I calmed down from this moment of anarchist rage I was simply grateful for the amazing word porn I held in my hands But a bit of sadness and anger remains mixed in Additional comment regarding the audiobook my husband and I listened to it on the long drive between Rochester and Montr al and it s amazing as you could expect as it is read by Bourdain That voice Order the fucking fish on MondayAlthough Medium Raw isn t technically speaking a seuel to Anthony Bourdain s first collection of restaurant industry related essays it s definitely a companion volume to the point where if you read Medium Raw without first having read Kitchen Confidential you re not really getting the full experience Kitchen Confidential was a brash cranky profanity filled collection of essays detailing the For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde ugly ins and outs of the restaurant industry and the people who make a living from it and even the positive essays were still brimming with piss and vinegar One of the mostoted essays from the book explains why you should never order fish on a Monday so it s a good indication of how much Bourdain s worldview has changed since Kitchen Confidential The crankiness is now tempered with weariness and a resigned irritation mostly directed at himself that so many people have held him Scary Stories 3 up as some kind of all knowing expert on the restaurant industry If Kitchen Confidential is a bitterltra boozy triple IPA Medium Raw is a cask aged stout still strong still bitter but complex and well aged In fact I think the thesis of Medium Raw can be best summed The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species up by this single line by Bourdain I m through being coolA lot of Medium Raw has Bourdain holding a critical lens to his previously fast held beliefs and re examining with the benefit of hindsight and decades in the industry In addition to wearily telling his readers to just order the fucking fish on Monday he also spends a chapter discussing the concept of selling out and how it s stupid to hold yourself to some kind of high moral standard when it comes to endorsement if selling frozen food on infomercials is what keeps your restaurant open you do it and you do it with a smile Medium Raw also presentss with a Bourdain who is if not nicer then at least willing to live and let live He still has nothing but contempt for Sandra Lee but a chapter where he endlessly snarks on Alice Waters ends with him warmly and genuinely singing her praises Of course this is immediately followed by a chapter explaining why a certain food critic is in no The Bartender uncertain terms a total douchebag Tigers can t change their stripesIt s not all backtracking and reflection Bourdain also takess through the history of the Food Network and how it s changed over time and how the company became a profitable business model Food Network Magazine is one of the few print magazines left that s still profitable but did this at the expense of the chefs who founded the network He also reflects on his career and how he s ltimately stumbled into this career Another really good chapter has Bourdain delving into what he tells people when they ask him whether they should go to culinary school and it manages to be both intimidating and inspiring The boldest aspect of Medium Raw however is when Bourdain puts his ego aside entirely and admits simply I am not a chef It s true Anthony Bourdain hasn t been in a working kitchen for decades and he doesn t hesitate to admit that there are thousands of infinitely talented people working in the culinary world and that his fame is only partially built on his abilities in the kitchen But we don t read Anthony Bourdain s books because he s a great chef We read his books because they re written with a clear engaging voice and because he knows how to tell a great story and has plenty of great stories to tell Also if you can try doing what I did and listening to this as an audiobook hearing Bourdain himself tell the stories in this book is half of the appealAnthony Bourdain Is Right He S Not right he s not chef He s a writer And thank goodness for that I love Anthony Bourdain s wit and I loved his shows Parts Unknown and no reservations However I didn t love this book because it felt even disjointed than Kitchen Confidential a book I enjoyed The book is made p of a series of essays slapped together in no cohesive progression There are funny bits and because I m a fan the biographical parts interest me Particularly in light of him taking his own life reading about his self destructive behavior before he Magical Sweet Mermaid uit abusing drugs many years ago was fascinating He describes living in the Caribbean and driving home drunk every night down curvy mountain roads which obviously could have led to his death and others If you haven t read him yet but are considering it go with Kitchen Confidential For reviews please visit Anthony Bourdain I like his show and I like the way he writes He has a no holds barred way of writing about what he thinks Medium Raw is like a string of rants Great material here on how he feels about certain chefsgood bad new and seasoned and especially the Food Network I didn tnderstand his grievance with Food Network since that s where he started but I get it now He writes a little about his travels and how humbling it is to be fed in some places
Where There Is Almost Nothing 
there is almost nothing matter what he thinks about the food he is always grateful andyes he would like of what they re serving He mentions Kitchen Confidential throughout and that s where I found him 17 years ago I have a special spot for it on my book shelf It s time for another read Memoir 6 of my non fiction November project this one was a book on my TBR explode list for the month where I look at ten books on my TBR starting from the beginning so I found the audio in hoopla It was the first time I could stand to hear Anthony s voice since his death Some of the sections in this book feel even spot on nine years later about food and restaurant trends some of it hasn t aged as well surely the Anthony Bourdain who was a staunch defender of believe women would Speak Differently Of Mario Batali differently of Mario Batali for instance But it definitely demonstrates a maturity and clear The Choice understanding of his place in the order of things Hencomfortably mentions suicide and death a lot so there is your warningSome of this book is not for the sueamish When I first picked it Elementary Treatise in Herbology up I was a vegetarian and put it aside it was a bit easier now but he definitely looks at some extreme eating situations that are only available to the privileged and bored. S through subjects ranging from• “The Friends of David Chang” an incrediblyndiplomatic discussion with and peek into the mind of the hottest most influential chef in America• “Don’t Ask Alice” Alice Waters Good or Evil• The Big Shake Out The restaurant business in post economic meltdown America How it’s changing How it might change even • And Heroes and Villains With a few returning favorit. .

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