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Harbinger of Books

We all have different hobbies in life but my absolute favorite thing to do is pick up a book. This blog is dedicated to all of my ramblings. 

Dawn's 2013-books book montage

Deadly Desire
Mark of the Demon
The Hour of Dust and Ashes
Fate's Edge
Changeling Moon
A Kingdom of Dreams
Kiss of Pride
Thief of Shadows
Grave Memory
Archangel's Storm
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
A Kiss Before the Apocalypse
Frost Burned
Touch of the Demon
Summoning the Night
The End of the Affair
A Blood Seduction
A Werewolf in Manhattan
Last Kiss Goodnight
The Chief


Dawn's favorite books ยป
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook - Anthony Bourdain I really learned about Anthony Bourdain from his television show No Reservations. I always thought he was funny and I appreciate his view of the food and the culture in a city.

I am not a foodie, I hate fusion food and I like the basics but done really well. Shows like Top Chef or anything food network is of little interest and I have never read Kitchen Confidential nor Nasty Bits. Then few weeks ago in the library I came across Medium Raw and since I was in the mood for something different I gave it a go. It is difficult to describe this book except to say it is his views on the five star restaurant business. I think what I appreciated the most about the book is its honesty. There is a lot of truth about the food network (I am not a fan) and how it serves up mediocrity, at the end of the day if you want to learn how to really cook then it takes time sorry but paella in 20 minutes will always be gross. It is also sad when we have magazines like Food Network but not Gourmet? I also loved the chapter about heroes and villains.

Moving on Bourdain also takes a good look at the kitchens and I really appreciated this because the life of a chef is hard and thankless. Not to mention they are responsible for a lot of people and their livelihood. There is a lot of talent in being about to replicate a dish the same way every time and it is more than just the chef who is responsible. I really loved the chapter with Justo this guy is amazing and what is even better is that the staff inside the restaurant knew his worth as well. How awesome was it that he got to eat the food he prepares!!

Anyway I loved the book and I decided to read this one slowly about a chapter a day, sometimes on audio where Bourdain is the reader and sometimes in hard cover. The book made me laugh and a lot of times I would shout out exactly!! The downside to this book is that it reads like a narrative and the stores kind of flow together but not to a collective point so it kind of meanders around and leaves you wondering what should I take from this chapter or book??