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Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
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Mar 06, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 52-in-2011
Read in March, 2011

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain (pp. 281)
Tony Bourdain is not the jerk you think he is. He’s amazingly balanced and thoughtful while being laugh out loud funny. Like or hate the man, he’s got a way with words.
You don’t need to be a foodie to enjoy this book though it definitely helps. Bourdain shows a mature side to balance the full-on ripping he gave the food world in ‘Kitchen Confidential’. He discusses the unique position of a food critic, food personality and chef including where he thinks the line should be drawn. He openly aims vitriol at the Food Network, takes sides with various food critics and chefs and makes hay with many food activists. Requisite flowery, over the top descriptions of culinary experiences rival submissions to Penthouse Forum.
Bourdain is still the caustic, f-bomb dropping, food as porn narrator. But he’s softened with the birth of his daughter he opens up on food and marketing towards children. His riff on how he makes McDonald’s and fast food unattractive to his light and joy is nothing short of genius and slightly cruel.
Bourdain in every passage is clear in his opinion and despite the adamancy and passion of his tone always finds the grey area and truth of the subject he’s discussing. It’s honest , open-minded and passionate without the zealotry. Taste makers and professional commentators could take a lesson from Mr. Bourdain.
Entertaining from start to finish. Refreshing and humorous. Educational and inspiring. A good read whatever you’re looking for.
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