Saturday, March 3, 2012

Medium Raw report

This month's book was Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain.   We had a guest from Houston (hi David!) who found us through our Yelp posting!

Our response as a group was pretty mixed.  While there were a few die-hard fans of "Tony" in the group, most of us found the book inconsistent and sometimes annoying.  Many chapters were quite good (especially the one about the man who prepares fish for the fancy fish restaurant), but others were poorly written.

Negative responses:
  • Didn't care.
  • Whines too much.
  • Hypocritical and dishonest feeling.
  • Gratuitous bad language wears after a while.
  • Didn't connect with much of what he was saying, until the end, when he wrote about the terror of debt.
  • Talks too much about drugs.
  • What was the point?
  • Introduced readers to some areas the were not familiar with.
  • Enjoyed digs against television celebrities.
  • Love the bit about dancing with his daughter, and finally growing up (in his 50s!)
  • Liked his suggestion about requiring home ec in schools again.
  • Makes lots of interesting points, just in little bursts.
Food was random, as the book didn't really inspiring easily attainable cooking for the most part.  So we just made what we like.

Vernetta: green salad with a homemade Almond Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Heather McN: french scalloped potatoes with ham

Julie D: saffron rice w/chicken

Dawn: shrimp salad stuffed tomato appetizer

Karen: Deviled eggs and yummy cookies

David from Houston: smoked salmon
Katie W: carrot cake

Laura: Chocolate Mousse

Next month we will be meeting on Monday March 12, 2012 from 6:30-8:30pm.  We will be discussing Kathryn Stockett's popular book The Help, which was recently made into a movie.

While this isn't a specifically foodie book, it is a wonderful read with lots of great Southern cooking (and one intentional disaster).  

This book is still in very high demand, so you won't be able to get it through our catalog anytime soon...but we do have a limited number of copies at the Mountlake Terrace Library just for Foodie Book Group members.  Just go to the front desk to pick up your copy today.  There are also some cookbooks on African American and Southern cooking available at the front desk if you need ideas!

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