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Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
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Jul 05, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: foodies, essays, media, nonfiction, reportage
Read in July, 2010

This collection is a bit slapdash -- the chapters hang together more on the strength of Bourdain's personality than on the thematic links from one to the next -- but when your personality is as strong as Anthony Bourdain's, it works. There's some great stuff here about what he likes in the contemporary food world, as well as who he doesn't--the chapter skewering Alice Waters is a classic rant, and it's not even half as potent as the one titled, simply, "Alan Richman Is a Douchebag." (As a balance, there are other chapters where he pays tribute to chefs like David Chang whose work ethic he admires.)

This isn't how I would introduce people to Bourdain -- Kitchen Confidential used to be the best for that, but given how much his life has changed since that book came out (a topic he is, as ever, extremely forthright about), you pretty much have to read the book and then watch how working on NO RESERVATIONS for several years starts to change him... then, when you've come to know and love him, this book is like hanging out with an old buddy.
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