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September 12, 2010

33 Down, 19 To Go "Medium Raw" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Anthony Bourdain has a degree of authority about him when he talks about food. In his books, on his television series No Reservations, and, I'm sure, at his table, he man resonates with knowledge and love for food gained through his years as a chef.

Medium Raw is subtitled "A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook," and Bourdain is nothing if not honest and direct. This book deals directly with the food world, its chefs, restaurants, and even its critics, and even includes a "where are they now" chapter of the people profiled in his book, Kitchen Confidential.

For a foodie like myself who happens to be a great fan of Bourdain, Medium Raw is heaven. I may not always agree with his points, but I respect the arguments he makes and his prose is often biting, humorous, and thoughtful in the same sentence. Anthony Bourdain is as talented a writer as television host, unafraid to share his opinions and an entertaining chooser of talking points. If you loved Kitchen Confidential, then you will also adore Medium Raw.

My next book is Seymour Chwast's graphic novel Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation.

also at Largehearted Boy:

other 52 Books, 52 Weeks reviews

Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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