Anthony Bourdain dishes on Medium Raw

From the cover of Medium Raw
First aired on Q  (06/16/10)

According to Anthony Bourdain, the culinary world is no place for the weak of heart.


"Food is something people take very personally," Bourdain told Jian Ghomeshi during a recent interview with Q. "When you serve someone food or when you tell someone you love a particular dish, you're telling them everything about yourself — who you are, your ethnicity, the region you grew up in, the memories and joys and things you're proud of. It's an extension of yourself."


Bourdain is no stranger to opening himself up to very public scrutiny, both inside and outside of the kitchen. The American celebrity chef first sky-rocketed to fame with the publication of his memoir, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. That book exposed the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll lifestyle behind the kitchen doors. His most recent memoir, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, goes behind the scenes of some of the biggest names in the food world — from celebrity chefs to reality show contestants.


Throughout the book, Bourdain takes stock of the incredible amount of changes seen by the culinary world over the last ten years. Most striking, however, are the changes in Bourdain's personal life, as the former heroin addict who once sold his personal record collection on the street to score money for drugs becomes a sober, happily remarried father.


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