Medium Raw. Read it.

Anthony Bourdain has a wonderful way of knocking us over the head and rescuing us from the world’s increasing dumbness. In Medium Raw, he imposes upon the reader a much-needed commentary on the food and restaurant system, from government policy to cooking TV. Here are a few of my favorite passages (censored, of course):

I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to cross the street by oneself or be trusted with money. Pg. 60

The cruelty and ugliness of the factory farm – and the effects on our environment – are, of course, repellent to any reasonable person. But it’s the general lowering of standards inherent in our continuing insistence on cheap burgers – wherever they might come from and however bad they taste; the collective, post-ironic shrug we’ve come to give each other as we knowingly dig into something that tastes, at best, like cardboard and soured onion – that’s hurting us. Pg. 102

If cooking professionally is about control, eating successfully should be about submission, about easily and without thinking giving yourself over to whatever dream they’d like you to share. In the best-case scenario, you shouldn’t be intellectualizing what you’re eating while you’re eating it. You shouldn’t be noticing things at all. You should be pleasingly oblivious to the movements of the servers in the dining area and bus stations, only dimly aware of the passage of time. Taking pictures of your food as it arrives – or, worse, jotting down brief descriptions for your blog entry later – is missing the point entirely. You shouldn’t be forced to think at all. Only feel. Pg. 203

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