Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

by Anthony Bourdain


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The instant New York Times bestseller and follow-up to Anthony Bourdain’s blockbuster classic on the cooking life, Kitchen Confidential

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061718953
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Pages: 281
Sales rank: 54,477
Product dimensions: 7.82(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, the memoir A Cook’s Tour, and the New York Times bestsellers Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw, and Appetites. His work appeared in the New York Times and The New Yorker. He was the host of the popular television shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown. Bourdain died in June 2018.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1956

Date of Death:

June 8, 2018

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Kaysersberg-Vignoble, Haut-Rhin, France


High school diploma, Dwight Englewood School, 1973; A.O.S. degree, The Culinary Institute of America, 1978

Table of Contents

The Sit Down xi

1 Selling Out 1

2 The Happy Ending 19

3 The Rich Eat Differently Than You and Me 25

4 I Drink Alone 43

5 So You Wanna Be a Chef 49

6 Virtue 59

7 The Fear 65

8 Lust 77

9 Meat 95

10 Lower Education 111

11 I'm Dancing 117

12 "Go Ask Alice" 127

13 Heroes and Villains 143

14 Alan Richman Is a Douchebag 163

15 "I Lost on Top Chef" 179

16 "It's Not You, It's Me" 191

17 The Fury 209

18 My Aim Is True 233

19 The Fish-on-Monday Thing 253

Still Here 269

Acknowledgments 283

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