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Jun 15, 2010 04:51 PM

Bourdain's new book ........ Medium Raw

Amazon delivered it yesterday. Started reading just a half hour ago.

Just twelve pages in now and I keep hearing Bourdain's voice in my head as if on an audio book.......... I've laughed out loud six or seven times already.

But, then ......... I REALLY LIKE BOURDAIN.

This is going to be fun !!!!!!

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  1. We listened to him read "Kitchen Confidential" on a road trip. It was hysterical at times. And a damn good read. I've LOLd reading his Les Halles cookbook.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Les Halles is funny? I will check it out immediately! Thanks.

      1. re: josey124

        Totally profane and totally Tony.

        1. re: c oliver

          Great! Thanks. I am heading over to Amazon right now.

          1. re: c oliver

            I love that book. It's very educational and very funny. I wish he'd write a few college texts.

            1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

              I don't know if the curriculum committee would let the profanities slide.

      2. Yep, I got it too. Just pages in. Surprised to learn that Scripps had bought Travel Channel too. Sad.

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        1. re: Phaedrus

          Why is that said? Do they have a track record that I don't know about?

          1. re: c oliver

            They own Food Network, Bourdain went to the Travel Channel to get away from the Food Network MBA clones who dumbed down the network.

            1. re: Phaedrus

              Ah thanks. Because of TiVo, I rarely pay attention to where a show "comes from."

              1. re: c oliver

                an independent production company makes no reservations. travel channel buys it. i don't think scripps will mess with a good thing. unfortunately back then, cooks tour was pretty new and people weren't convinced. cooks tour was even better than no res though.

                1. re: celfie

                  I agree whole heartedly. Maybe it was the half-hour format didn't allow long fantasies about The Godfather, or maybe it was because Bourdain wasn't yet completely full of himself, but A Cook's Tour was so much better than what No Reservations has become.

                  Try watching the few episodes that overlap back to back. (shows where both A Cook's Tour and No Reservations did the same location.) In every case A Cook's Tour is the better show.

                  1. re: JC65

                    A half hour seems rushed to me. It is much more focused.

                    No reservation is both good and bad, when it is bad, i.e. an ego trip, it is horrible, but when it is good, it is very good. I see it as the mean being the same but the epsilon being much greater for No Reservation than it is for A Cooks Tour.

                    1. re: JC65

                      as a caveat i'll add that some episodes of no reservations are so terribly good that they should be recognized as some of the best television moments ever made. as he gets older, more arrogant, and whinier, I can't help but laugh at how the neurotic jew character a la woody allen, larry david and howard stern is romping around the world, in places too insane to imagine.

                      I would say that worst no reservations episodes are when he is in his element. when he is roaming around some city being mister urban jackass. As someone in academia, I find watching him all tactless and clueless amidst bizarre cultures refreshing. Tyipically, I'd see people tip toeing around the whole culture thing and trying to be overly respectful.

                      And if you really want to an AB rebirth, go watch Gordon Ramsay's show where he travels to foreign countries. If you really want to see a jackass in the wild, he's your man.

          2. I don't like Hardcover books, so I have to wait. Not sure if I can though. I LOVE Kitchen Confidential. Especially the audiobook. I really, really hope he will do Medium Raw as an audio too.

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            1. re: josey124

              Check your local public library. That's what I'll be doing.

                1. re: josey124

                  Oh, sorry, no. I just rarely buy ANY books so I get hardbacks from the library. You can do a reserve if it's owned by the library but not available.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Hardcovers are just to bulky and heavy to carry around much. Maybe I get an ebook for the iPad :-)

                    1. re: josey124

                      Saw this thread and immediately got on my Kindle and ordered the book. 30 seconds later it's downloaded. I also only paid 12.99. I love, love, love my Kindle. I also won't be giving up regular books anytime soon, there's just something visceral about reading an actual book...
                      Can't wait to start "Medium Raw".

              1. re: josey124

                He will definitely be doing an audio version. In this interview where he details his diet for a week he refers to himself reading for an audiobook.


              2. Bad Boy Bourdain is coming to a theater in St. Pete on Nov. 19, but this is no book signing. $40- $125 to hear him speak? Ouch. Has anybody heard him and is he worth the price of admission?

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                1. re: Veggo

                  Somebody on CH (for the life of me, I can't remember who) did pay to see him and thought it was great. After my coffee maybe I'll remember.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    May I refer you to...


                    I did ultimately think it was worth it. He's a funny and entertaining guy and his show is everything he is.

                    1. re: applehome

                      It was YOU! I knew it was someone I should remember. This old lady thanks you.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        Didn't pay, but saw him at a book signing at the local Borders. Almost wet myself, I was laughing so hard.

                  2. re: Veggo

                    I was there when he was in Calgary. I loved it. He is funny and entertaining but definitely also has a message. My boyfriend was skeptical but liked it a lot.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Depends on your feelings. If your a big fan, I think its worth it.
                      I saw him in Montreal at the Carona theater then on to a dinner with him and maybe 50 guests in a restaurant across the street.
                      Was lotsa fun.
                      He spent time sitting from one table to another chitchatting. The food was over the top as the cook was really trying to impress (everyone).
                      Bourdain made a bizarre exit (to me anyway). Without any apparent warning, he stepped out onto the sidewalk. I'd say for a smoke, but he had quit by then, or to stretch his legs, or simply to get a breath of fresh air. He looked up and down the street a couple of times, flagged a taxi, got in and rode off - that was it.

                      I thought Kitchen Confidential was a masterpiece at the time - made me feel that, ummm, its normal to be abnormal working in a kitchen...
                      I also gave Bone In The Throat and Gone Bamboo a read. Very different genre (listen to the literary guy! :-), fiction, but good reads anyway.

                      I'll have to look out for Medium Raw.

                    2. OBSERVATIONS ALONG THE WAY........................

                      At page 106:

                      Still pretty much enjoying it but the laugh-out-loud stuff ended maybe 50 pages ago and was followed by a rather disjointed series of observations on a sordid time in the Caribbean, life as a young cook, snippets from TV show visits to street food sites and restaurants, and observations on the horrendous contents of mass-produced hamburger meat.

                      Scratching my head a bit at this point, but carrying on.