Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.)

60%

15 Critic Reviews

...his new book feels redundant, out of touch, and more than a little sad.
-AV Club

Synopsis

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.

 

About Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain is the author of Medium Raw, A Cook's Tour, Kitchen Confidential, and the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, and is the host of the popular television show No Reservations. He lives in New York City.
 
Published May 21, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 308 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Medium Raw
All: 15 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 5

NY Times

Above average
on Jul 16 2010

It’s an often funny, sometimes confusing mix. And it’s always personal, even when it gets political.

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Blog Critics

Below average
on Jun 14 2010

...he is not by any means domesticated. A whole chapter entitled "Alan Richman Is a Douche Bag" skewers the GQ food writer...

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WSJ online

Above average
on Jun 10 2010

"Medium Raw" mixes personal memoir with travelogues and ruminations on such matters as...the dumbing down of the Food Network, the tedium of multicourse tasting menus and the rise of food gurus such as David Chang...

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Globe and Mail

Good
on Jun 11 2010

...his muscular prose is still fresh, and his observations about our current dining culture are honest and original.

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AV Club

Below average
on Jun 10 2010

...his new book feels redundant, out of touch, and more than a little sad.

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National Post arts

Above average
on Jun 12 2010

Don’t worry. He hasn’t softened, he still sees the world through dystopian eyes, laces his prose with profanity, juggles words with Maileresque finesse...

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The Telegraph

Below average
on Jun 28 2010

...Bourdain has too few insights into the universal to make this compelling.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Good
on Jun 15 2010

By the end of the piece I felt I knew Thomas better than I know most of my own friends. You have to hand it to Bourdain; this is really good writing, not just really good food writing.

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Tampa Bay Times

Good
on Jul 05 2010

If you love food, cooking, restaurants, Medium Raw will make you laugh and make you mad, make you hungry and, in a few places, make you a little sick.

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Austin Chronicle

Excellent
on Jul 23 2010

With Medium Raw, the wit is dry, the humor is laugh-out-loud, the attacks sharp and well-honed, and you're guaranteed to learn something about restaurant kitchens that you never knew.

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Esquire

Below average
on May 21 2010

The increasingly troubled, cobra-heart-eating, self-loathing Anthony Bourdain has been passing around galleys for his new book Medium Raw. In it, he goes out of his way to spill his own reptilian venom on targets in every corner of the food world.

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The Age

Good
on Jun 11 2010

The older Bourdain is more reflective and questioning, almost existential compared with his younger self...His writing is more sentimental and more mature, as you'd expect of a man who found fame late in life and when he least expected it.

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M/C Anderson

Good
on Sep 16 2010

All in all this is a broadly sweeping book that goes in many directions at once. What makes it work is the sincerity behind Bourdain’s opinions, his willingness to call it as he sees it...

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The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Above average
on Aug 25 2010

...He can range among arrogant, self-loathing, bitter, artificially incensed, and gleefully passionate. But he’s never boring.

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Creative Loafing Tampa

Below average
on Jun 28 2010

It’s not ground-breaking and it doesn’t shatter any preconceived notions about food...

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