A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
On Sale: June 1, 2010
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In the ten years since his classic Kitchen
Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and
lurking perils of eating out, from Monday fish to the
breadbasket conspiracy, much has changed for the subculture
of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business—and for
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-traveling professional eater and
drinker, and even to fatherhood, Bourdain takes no prisoners
as he dissects what he's seen, pausing along the way for a
series of confessions, rants, investigations, and
interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in
Beginning with a secret and highly illegal after-hours
gathering of powerful chefs that he compares to a mafia
summit, Bourdain pulls back the curtain—but never pulls his
punches—on the modern gastronomical revolution, as only he
can. Cutting right to the bone, Bourdain sets his sights on
some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including
David Chang, the young superstar chef who has radicalized
the fine-dining landscape; the revered Alice Waters, whom he
treats with unapologetic frankness; the Top Chef
winners and losers; and many more.
And always he returns to the question "Why cook?" Or the
more difficult "Why cook well?" Medium Raw is the
deliciously funny and shockingly delectable journey to those
answers, sure to delight philistines and gourmands alike.
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