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Here is Anthony Bourdain's long-awaited sequel to Kitchen Confidential, the worldwide best seller.

A lot has changed since then - 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-travelling professional eater and drinker, Bourdain compares and contrasts what 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 most controversial figures in food. And always he returns to the question: 'Why cook?' Or the harder one to answer: 'Why cook well?'

Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after-hours gathering of powerful chefs, which he compares to a mafia summit, Bourdain, in his distinctive, no holds barred style, cuts to the bone on every subject he tackles.

©2010 Anthony Bourdain (P)2010 HarperCollins

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I miss this guy, a great voice for the wayward

I miss this guy, a great voice for the wayward, lost and lonely... as well as the narcacstic, maniacal and derranged.

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Sadly, it did not live up to my expections

After reading Kitchen Confidential many years ago, and being such a huge fan of No Reservations, I was very excited to listen to Medium Raw.

For me, it lacked much of what made Kitchen Confidential so ground breaking - the insider info we wouldn't ordinarily get access to (no sushi on Monday's etc!). Quite often, the book would turn into ramblings against people Bourdain holds a grudge against.

There were a few enjoyable moments, but those were few and far between. If you're a fan of Bourdain, definitely read it - but don't go into it with huge expectations as I have done, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

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Bourdain at his finest

Great, Bourdains story telling is extraordinary I would highly recommend this as a listen. If you are a chef or interested in being one this is a must.

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Very enjoyable

I liked this audio, his passion for food evident. Made even better by the fact Anthony Bourdin narrated himself.

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Sad, but nice to hear his voice again

Not the best of his content, but nice to hear him again.

Terribly sad final chapter.

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Good, but I missed Kitchen Confidential

I don't honestly know how I feel about this audiobook. I loved Kitchen Confidential when I listened to it, and although this story is also honest and (for the most part) unvarnished, it lacks the magnetism of its predecessor. It's tough, and a trifle weird, to listen to an author's disparaging remarks about a book I, frankly, preferred for all it's crastness and incredibly blunt moments of honesty. The effort to re-edit is not necessary, and seems most ineffectual really when you listen to the way Bourdain tears into the reputation of new figures - and ones he didn't know all that well - if at all. This is not a bad book, but it isn't particularly good either, and my advice if you enjoyed Kitchen Confidential at all is to leave this one well and truly alone.

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Anthony is aways great

very good really enjoyed this book. Great insight and afterbirth on reflection of many years in the catering industry

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Love it

love the way he tells it straight but still keeps a little hidden mystery on who people are.

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Reminiscent of Hopper

Stories about Bourdain’s life, loves, and villains. At its best the book turns you into a fly on the wall in some of the arteries of modern kitchens. Peppered with jabs at those in the industry Bourdain feels don’t do the craft justice; I found this enjoyable and heartwarming.

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Loved it

This book is basically review proof for me due to the fact that I love Tony Bourdain in print or on TV. Laugh out loud funny in places, snarky, just classic Bourdain.

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  • Ken Makita
  • 07-03-14

Listening to this again in 2021

And I will listen to this again soon, the next time I come across any Anthony Bourdain reference unexpectedly. This, along with Kitchen Confidential, is how I will remember him.

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  • Khalil Ahmed
  • 09-11-19

A masterpiece

The way he tells stories is so seamless and amazing. He’s was a natural with words. Rip.