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

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

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A lot has changed since Kitchen Confidential - 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 he compares to a Mafia summit, Bourdain, in his distinctive, no-holds-barred style, cuts to the bone on every subject he tackles.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781408809747

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a collection of memories. some of them almost romantic when he is describing Vietnam while others are more coming over as an angry rant. He talks about a lof of people in the restaurant business. If you are nto familiar with them, some punch lines might be lost at you. For the Bourdain-fan it is fun to read the book, because you can "hear" his voice when you read his words.

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