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Anthony Bourdain's cooking on the June 27 L.A. Times bestseller list

Because Anthony Bourdain often says the kind of things people aren't used to hearing in polite conversation, he has become, as he writes in his new book, a "professional traveler, writer and TV guy," one who knows food from all angles. Bourdain first made a splash with "Kitchen Confidential," a tell-all about his years as a chef, and on his TV show he'll try anything -- and he's willing to say what's good and what isn't. Bourdain's strong voice carries from the camera directly to the page -- he's sarcastic, profane, bombastic, unapologetic. In Bourdain's world, Jonathan Gold, Fergus Henderson and Jamie Oliver are heroes; Alice Waters, Wolfgang Puck and Gael Greene are villains. Exactly why is explained in his new book, "Medium Raw: A bloody valentine to the world of food and the people who cook." Bourdain's "Medium Raw" enters our bestseller list this week -- it's No. 3 on the hardcover nonfiction list. See the complete L.A. Times Bestseller List for June 27 after the jump.

-- Carolyn Kellogg
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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers

 

weeks on list

1.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $27.95) The highly anticipated final book of the “Millennium Trilogy.”

4

2.

The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine: $27) An apocalypse with fangs: a military experiment with vampires goes wrong and imperils humanity.

1

3.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, cook and college graduate intertwine in a Southern town.

55

4.

The Lion by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central: $27.99) A terrorist returns to the U.S. to kill those responsible for bombing his village.

2

5.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (Dial Press: $25) The goings-on at a ragtag English-language newspaper in Rome.

4

6.

Innocent by Scott Turow (Grand Central: $27.99) Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto return to the courtroom after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

6

7.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (Doubleday: $25.95) Rose Edelstein's gift of taste is bittersweet.

1

8.

61 Hours by Lee Child (Delacorte: $28) Roving ex-military cop Jack Reacher helps a small South Dakota town deal with sinister forces.

5

9.

Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis (Knopf: $24.95) An L.A. noir nightmare that returns to "Less Than Zero's" characters as they near middle-age.

1

10.

Point Dume by Kate Arnoldi (Overlook: $24.95) Surf culture and marijuana farming collide in Malibu.

2

11.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Knopf: $25.95) The novelist wonders: What happens to all those rock 'n' roll rebels when they grow older? 

1

12.

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (Ace: $25.95) Sookie Stackhouse copes with loss and the paranormal.

6

13.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Disney/ Hyperion: $17.99) Siblings battle Egyptian gods to uncover family secrets and find their Egyptologist father.  

6

14.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham (Dutton: $16.99) A 13-year-old aspiring lawyer finds himself in the middle of a murder trial.

3

15.

The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon:  $24.95). Multiple adventures await sleuth Precious Ramotswe.

5

16.

The Overton Window by Glenn Beck (Threshold: $26) A p.r. executive encounters a conspiracy threatening the U.S. and his lady love.

1

17.

The Spy by Clive Cussler (St. Martin's Press: $27.95). Espionage in warship and armament manufacturing in the buildup to World War I. 

2

18.

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (W.W. Norton: $26.95) A man and his four wives (and 28 children) struggle to keep their family intact. 

2

19.

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton (Berkley: $26.95) The Mother of All Darkness returns to control vampire executioner, Anita Blake.

2

20.

Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday: $24.95). A washed-up actress looking for a comeback embarks on a love affair with a gold-digging suitor.

2

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

1.

---- My Dad Says by Justin Halpern (HarperCollins: $15.99) A son's compilation of his elderly father's ramblings and observations.

6

2.

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth (Scribner: $24) How the connection between eating and core beliefs brings fulfillment.  

11

3.

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco: $26.99) A frank, witty gastronome's journey: for foodies everywhere.

1

4.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $27.95) How the U.S. economy was driven to near collapse by the bond and real estate markets.

13

5.

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle (Free Press: $25) A Jesuit priest recounts working with L.A. youth through his gang intervention program.

11

6.

War by Sebastian Junger (Twelve: $26.99) The author's account of 14 months with a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan. 

6

7.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh (Business Plus: $23.99) The transformation of Zappos CEO from Harvard student to entrepreneur.

2

8.

The Promise by Jonathan Alter (Simon & Schuster: $28) An inside look at President Obama's first year in office.

4

9.

Spoken From the Heart
by Laura Bush (Scribner: $30) The former first lady's memoir of growing up in West Texas and life in the White House.

6

10.

Role Models by John Waters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $25) A self-portrait of the cult filmmaker as told through profiles of famous personalities.

2

11.

Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens (Twelve: $26.99) The contrarian shares his political and personal life stories.

3

12.

The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman (Harper: $25.99) The stand-up comic known for her salty humor shares her life story.

8

13.

Colossus by Michael Hiltzik (Free Press: $30) An account of the building of the Hoover Dam.

1

14.

Just Kids by Patti Smith (Ecco: $27) The singer’s early days and relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

19

15.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (Hyperion: 21.95) A professor's terminal cancer inspires a call to seize life's moments.

 

77

16.

The Why of Work by David Ulrich, Wendy Ulrich and Marshall Goldsmith (McGraw-Hill: $27.95) A guide for both employees and employers.

1

17.

In the Green Kitchen by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter: $21.99) The basics of cooking by the author and renowned chef. 

1

18.

Wooden by John Wooden & Steve Jamison (McGraw-Hill: $19.95) The timeless wisdom and teachings of the late UCLA basketball coach.

2

19.

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (Grand Central: $25.99) Essays and amusing tales from the comic's personal life.

9

20.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (Knopf: $24.95) Discovering the key to ultra-running.

2


Paperbacks: Fiction

1.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95)


2.

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson ($15.95)


3.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave ($14)


4.

Tinkers by Paul Harding ($14.95)


5.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann ($15)


6.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese ($15.95)


7.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ($15) 


8.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ($13.95) 


9.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ($7.99)


10.

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick ($14.95)


11.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner ($15)


12.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein ($14.99)


13.

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo ($15)


14.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan ($7.99)


15.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ($13.99)



Paperbacks: Nonfiction

1.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ($15)

2.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ($15)

3.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann ($15.95)

4.

Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon ($14.99)

5.

Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov ($27.95)

6.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen ($14)

7.

How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer ($14.95)

8.

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler  ($16)

9.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ($15.99)

10.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz ($12.95)

11.

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel ($24.95)

12.

My Booky Wook by Russell Brand ($14.99)

13.

Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming ($16.95)

14.

Food Rules by Michael Pollan ($7.99)

15.

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Ed Kritzler ($15)

Rankings are based on a weekly poll of Southern California bookstores.


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