Cats Working reader Morgan attended Anthony Bourdain’s reading from his new book, Medium Raw, on June 9 at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ. She ran in to him in the hall before the event and renewed their acquaintance, which began last November at the Capital Food Fight in Washington, DC.
After his reading, when Tony signed Morgan’s copy of the book, she graciously asked him to make the Cats Working connection. Thanks, Morgan!
Morgan reports that the joint was absolutely packed. Filmiholic describes the same mob scene at Bourdain’s appearance in NYC the previous day when the book was released.
I came into possession of an autographed copy of the British edition myself (don’t ask), and the Brits seem to prefer their chefs more menacing. Check out the book jacket:
The back side has another photo of a more youthful, but equally creepy Tony.
Bourdain appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC last week and they talked only about the book, so the Tea Party should be tickled.
Here’s the promo video from his publisher, Ecco. What’s with the pointy hair?
Borders also did a promo video when he visited their headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on April 21.
Tony was also on the Today Show talking to Matt Lauer about the book. I Am A TV Junkie caught it. Click the link in his 3rd paragraph for the video.
Bourdain doesn’t usually blog between seasons of No Reservations, but he broke with tradition and put out a new post about his book tour.
If you’re reading the book, join our chapter-by-chapter discussion listed in the sidebar to the right under “Extras.”
And now, in the “Book Reviews are Like Assholes” Department (everybody’s got one)…
Here’s Time’s review of the book and an interview. They call Bourdain “the conscience of the culinary world.”
Time Out New York also reviewed the book and liked it, uh, not so much, saying…
“Though Bourdain shows that he is capable of writing breathtaking culinary travel pieces (see his rapid-fire descriptions of global delicacies) and can rip someone a new asshole in a much funnier way than most, the lazily constructed Medium Raw comes across like puke on a page.”
The Washington Post review was more positive…
“Still, it does seem paradoxical that Medium Raw is more like a bag of potato chips than a fine dining experience: Anyone who starts the book is liable to lose all control and simply gobble it right up. I certainly did.”
The Wall Street Journal sounded favorable, but didn’t deliver a clear verdict.
The A.V. Club blog reached this verdict…
“Ten years ago, Bourdain was a proud member of a strange, somewhat criminal outcast culture, and he produced a work that really didn’t need a follow-up. In the interim, he’s become a cultural icon, but his new book feels redundant, out of touch, and more than a little sad.”
Tony’s got a true fan in Gina Mallet at the National Post in Canada, who liked the book, and Bourdain himself, for her own reasons.
No Reservations resumes with all-new episodes on Monday, July 5, on the Travel Channel.