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Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
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Jul 05, 10

Read in June, 2010

Tony Bourdain's newest book returns the edge to the sharpest tool in his kitchen kit -- his pen. Much of the youthful bravado of Kitchen Confidential has been tempered by the collective experiences of a new father in his 50's, but none of the indignation over terrible people or organizations is missing. A favorite target is the Food Network which has morphed from an effort to promote serious cooking to something a notch above Us magazine. Sandra Lee is referred to as the hellspawn of Betty Crocker and Charles Mansion. It is not just TV personalities who are in the crosshairs. In a chapter entitled, "Alan Richman is a Douchebag," Bourdain takes off on the GQ food columnist in particular, and food writers in general, for a wide variety of literary and ethical lapses. The book is not all negative. Some of the best chapters are dedicated to giving credit where it is due in the food community. Most of the praise goes to innovators and fanatics among chefs who press ideas in directions that may not always work, but are pursued for their creativity and not necessarily their marketability. All in all, a wonderful read for anyone remotely attached to food as more than a basic necessity.

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