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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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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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A masterpiece

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

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  • bahahahahahaha
  • 01-20-21

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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  • 01-18-19

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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  • Gary
  • 07-25-16

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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  • Leah
  • 06-07-11

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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  • 11-07-21

It's not Kitchen Confidential.

As per title, not as enthralling but interesting to see the development as a character. I find it a struggle to listen to some stories about places we now know he went to before the end. A wonderful man, delivered well but slightly lacking in substance.

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  • J. Robinson
  • 09-21-21

RIP bonny lad

Your honest, open, sometimes brutal style shall be missed by some but mostly your unwritten insights that could have come from your flip side.

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  • 09-08-21

the first one was better

loved kitchen confidential, so I decided to listen to this one, it is good, but the first one was better

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  • Frank Sutherland
  • 07-24-21

Not for laymen

Kitchen Confidential was an exciting book for non-aficionados because it had some semblance of storyline and was laced with a multitude of unseen industry quirks and anecdotes. Medium Raw, however, is a jumbled mess of meaningless rambling if you don't know or care about the names of the hottest restaurants, chefs, and dishes.

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  • M. Sexton
  • 07-11-21

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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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 06-30-21

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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  • birravinder
  • 04-26-15

Great book

Bourdain does it again. A great followup on his previous book. His style and honesty are much appreciated

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-18

so damn funny

Kept laughing out loud while everyone looks on at me like a werdio ...such a good listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-17-15

Great followup to Kitchen Confidential

Bourdain's style is brilliant, relaxed, well written and humorous. If you have an interest in chefs or cooking (or travel), there's something here for you. Thoroughly enjoyable read!

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  • Rosemary Lee
  • 12-01-20

The end of an era

The hospitality industry fades away as does the tourism industry. Both were great while they lasted (for about 70 years).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-20

fantastic revisit to the bourdain mind

fantastic listen, brilliant narration from bourdain, great insight to the changes in the kitchen since kitchen confidential, and an outsiders look the mainstream flood

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-19

Another fantastic insight into the culinary world

There is something blunt and yet refined about Anthony Bourdain. This book will have you crying, laughing and empathising with the seedy underbelly of cooking. The final 5 chapters will only appeal to people with a strong connection to well known chefs. The ending also feels abrupt, but the book is still fantastic.

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  • Vanessa
  • 11-10-19

why didn't I read this earlier?

Book was great, loved Bourdains descriptions of places he's been to around the world - towards the end it went on a bit long.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-18

A great ride.

Really enjoy his method and storytelling. Such a pity he is no longer with us.