Anthony Bourdain’s new book, Medium Raw, hits bookstores tomorrow, and Cats Working is ready to pounce. As you read it, share your impressions in the discussion group through the link on the title bar.
During the wait, there’s been no scarcity of buzz. Village Voice reported on the state of Bourdain’s feud with restaurant critic Alan Richman, exacerbated by a chapter titled, “Alan Richman is a Douchebag.”
A NY Daily News columnist published more of Richman’s reaction, and contacted Tony in Paris while he was there filming a new No Res. Bourdain said “he would let ‘a jury of my women peers’ determine” if the word he used to sum up Richman is demeaning.
If you don’t plan to buy Raw right away, MSNBC published an excerpt where Bourdain reminisces about how he came to write and film A Cook’s Tour.
Tony told the Wall Street Journal what has made him mellower.
He discusses wrongness in depth with Slate, and rather touchingly describes the moment he decided to become a father.
Eater snagged a long phone interview right before Tony left for Paris. Remember when he said that when he reread the Raw manuscript, he was surprised by how mean it was? Apparently, he didn’t tone it down and he’s unapologetic. In part 2 of the interview, Tony reveals that he plans to make No Res less “food-centric.”
Personally, I predict that Raw will be his last book about food, and his literary focus will turn to fiction and travel writing.
The Australian got another phone interview while Tony was in Beirut. Of his writing talent, he was quoted as saying, “I was good with words in that I was a manipulative bastard and I used my skill with words to get into and out of trouble. And my writing was just an extension of that.”
Tony told the UK Telegraph that he’s not into taking pictures during his travels. Seeing the places is enough.
The verdicts on Raw are beginning to roll in…
Kansas City Star read and reviewed it and thought the collection of essays lacks cohesion, but they’re enjoyable anyway.