Medium Raw, By Anthony Bourdain

If you can't stand the meat, get back in the kitchen
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The Independent Culture

Recent fatherhood may have changed Anthony Bourdain but he's still angry, and this is a highly articulate and entertaining foodie broadside – or "Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook", as the subtitle puts it.

He takes aim against a dodgy meat industry; inadequate teaching of the young about food and how to cook it; closed-mindedness about what other countries can show us; and even the credit crunch, which has seen good restaurants close while fast-food empires grow. Bourdain has lived and his experiences have been distilled into unstuffy wisdom about what matters and why.