Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain

Medium Raw

By Anthony Bourdain

  • Release Date: 2010-06-08
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 1,195 Ratings


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.


  • Terrrrific

    By 415Mermaid!
    Enjoyed reading yet another of Anthony Bourdain’s books. Easy and fun reading in his own words. F’n good reads.
  • What a talent

    By Jane305
    Not only could he cook, but his writing is more coherent, slyly hilarious and brutally honest than anyone I’ve read in years. RIP Mr. Bourdain…the culinary and literary worlds will never be the same.
  • Armont

    By Arm0nt
    I heard the news while on a train. I finish this book—agian on a train, in bitter silence.
  • Worth every penny

    By kramortica
    Funny, sentimental, smart, educational, but it...
  • Medium Raw

    By DaigoRX7
    What else can I say!?!? Absolutely the best, most relatable, book I've ever my life. Period. I could go on and on about how much of an amazing ubiquitous life that must have been and how fascinated I am by it! All I would like to say is, Thank You Mr Boudain for sharing it.
  • Bringing back memories

    By crossbayray
    I enjoyed this style of writing great flashbacks for me of restaurant realities that I experienced while being in the business for many years and working in a restaurant from the age of 13. Tony has a way of making it seem like it is happening as we are reading it. I feel like I did not miss a thing from that night ! Great dad...... the Fillmore east, man what a scene that place was. How about the Ratners next door... had many potato blintzes in that place at 6 in the morning with my eyes on the floor Thanks Tony ..... Keep it coming
  • Tony Medium Rare

    By blue_rondo
    Mellowed, stabler, thicker at the waist Tony than he was as the author of No Reservations, yet still criminal enough to describe the satisfying crunch bird bones make in the mouth, even pornier when it's endangered ortolan smuggled from France.
  • So worth the read

    By Kevinleewilson
    Since kitchen confidential, this is great follow up. I hope Bourdaine continues to write about the adventures of the kitchen. It has pushed me to chronicle my own life as a "cook in the basement".
  • medium Raw

    By Dalliance3.
    I laughed out loud at Sandra Lee story. Priceless. Some of it is definitely raw, but VERY entertaining.
  • Greatness

    By @fexcab
    The chapter on Justo is pure joy.