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

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

by Anthony Bourdain

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Overview

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061718953
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 281
Sales rank: 52,212
Product dimensions: 7.82(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the megabestseller Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker, and he is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He is the host of the popular television show No Reservations.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1956

Date of Death:

June 8, 2018

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Kaysersberg-Vignoble, Haut-Rhin, France

Education:

High school diploma, Dwight Englewood School, 1973; A.O.S. degree, The Culinary Institute of America, 1978

Table of Contents

The Sit Down xi

1 Selling Out 1

2 The Happy Ending 19

3 The Rich Eat Differently Than You and Me 25

4 I Drink Alone 43

5 So You Wanna Be a Chef 49

6 Virtue 59

7 The Fear 65

8 Lust 77

9 Meat 95

10 Lower Education 111

11 I'm Dancing 117

12 "Go Ask Alice" 127

13 Heroes and Villains 143

14 Alan Richman Is a Douchebag 163

15 "I Lost on Top Chef" 179

16 "It's Not You, It's Me" 191

17 The Fury 209

18 My Aim Is True 233

19 The Fish-on-Monday Thing 253

Still Here 269

Acknowledgments 283

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