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Tony Bourdain boxset

Tony Bourdain boxset: Kitchen Confidential & Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain Five stars for Kitchen Confidential, which I thought was brilliantly written and totally engrossing and only three for Medium Raw, which I found a little... undercooked?Kitchen Confidential is a terrific book, one that I wish I'd read sooner because in Bourdain's telling the professional kitchen is really the world of work in microcosm and there is much to learn here.Medium Raw on the other hand was more episodic than Confidential and though there were some interesting notes about where, when and how that book was written, it only harked back to it occasionally - more so towards the end - making it less of a companion piece to Bourdain's first book than their being published in a combined volume would lead you to assume.It also - ironically, given comments that Bourdain has made about Confidential being very New York-centric - was very location specific, with plenty of discourse (entire chapters, even) that weren't really that meaningful to someone unfamiliar with the rarefied air of that city's elite restaurant scene and its key personalities.Still I would recommend Kitchen Confidential unreservedly and this combined volume is a good way of reading it and getting some interesting information on its writing and what its principal characters did next - but you (to paraphrase Douglas Adams) "may wish to skip on to the last chapter which is a good bit and has Kitchen Confidential in it."