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05-24-2010, 04:27 PM
First Look: Who Feels Anthony Bourdain’s Wrath in His New Book, Medium Raw?

5/19/10 at 5:40 PM Comment 31Comment 31Comments

If we’ve been a little quiet today, it’s because a copy of Anthony Bourdain’s new tome, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, has hit our desk ahead of its June 8 publication date. Like Kitchen Confidential before it, it’s a compulsively readable collection of short essays, but rather than narrowly focusing on the restaurant industry, it touches on topics as diverse as the evil of McDonald’s, the oxymoron of being a “cool dad,” and even the fallout from his first marriage (without getting too much into it, Tone confesses to visiting brothels, drunk driving, and contemplating suicide in the Caribbean). But the real question is: Who made Bourdain’s shit list this time around?

Bourdain is, as you’d expect, noticeably softer on Emeril and his ilk, but he devotes an entire chapter to one Alan Richman. In fact, the name of the chapter is “Alan Richman Is a Douchebag.” Back when Richman slammed Les Halles, Bourdain told Grub Street, “It was like being mauled by Gumby. Afterwards, you’re not sure it even happened.” But he’s much more vociferous here, reprimanding Richman for failing to mention “the most cogent point” that, weeks before the review, Bourdain had nominated him for “Douchebag of the Year” at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (before that, Richman had put down the New Orleans restaurant scene in GQ).

After blowing three pages slamming Richman for the New Orleans put-down, Bourdain then goes on to criticize one of Richman’s “restaurant commandments” against absentee chefs: “Richman’s Commandment #19 is a fucking insult to the very people who’ve been cooking and creating dishes for him for years. What’s worse is that, once again, this uniquely gas-engorged douche knows better. But rest assured that while he has no problem giving the stiff middle finger to the people who actually prepare his food, he will be sure to remain in good odor with the ‘celebrity’ chefs he claims — on our behalf, no doubt — to be outraged by.” He admits that Richman has a “discerning palate,” but returning to the subject of his Les Halles slam, decides, “So, maybe I got it wrong. Alan Richman is not a douchebag. He’s a ****.”

Ooooh! Sounds delish! :D

Grub Street (http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/05/first_look_who_feels_anthony_b.html)

05-24-2010, 04:59 PM
Too funny...he boils them in oil.

05-24-2010, 07:35 PM
He's absolutely the guy you want to have drinks with in an interesting bar at 1:00 a.m. He's not the guy you want your sister to get involved with. :D