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After fourteen years of contented vegetarianism, it takes a lot to make me want to try roasted lamb testicles I could almost stop writing here the book is that good Bourdain s attitude is part of his charm I m not sure I d want to work in his kitchen, but he writes a damn good story From one end of the earth to the other, he and his faithful camera crew take on whatever is local, exotic, beloved, and edible Then he eats it The way this man writes about food is incredible last time someone made meat sound so good I was in Minneapolis and the local restaurant reviewer had my taste buds in a vice grip This writing is not for the squeamish, not for the faint of heart If you can t stand profanity, read something else Bourdain pulls no punches, but that means he gives everything a fair shot Read it Enjoy it Then go find a really good dinner. Anthony Bourdain s second book has him traveling the globe looking for the perfect meal Visiting locales like France, Portugal, Morocco, Japan, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as a little bit of his home country, Bourdain s goal is to try true, authentic, fresh food and not be afraid to join in and eat like the locals No matter what their speciality is Lamb testicles in Morocco, the beating heart of a cobra in Vietnam, haggis in Scotland, natt in Japan He s willing though sometimes understandably reluctant to try it all and along the way discover that it might actually be good Except natt That just looked disgusting.Told in vignettes each section focuses on one part of the location he is currently in There are quite a few from Vietnam and even though they happened concurrently and interspersed throughout the book which can be a little odd to read The journey he went on was also filmed by the Food Network for the show of the same name and I have that ready to watch to add another dimension to the story From looking at the episode titles on that it seems that is just as mixed up but in a completely different order to the book.I ve always been an adventurous eater, willing to try anything once, though I don t have a very wide or refined palate That said I d be willing to give his trip a try minus part of the time in Cambodia where he visited a Khmer Rouge ran city and hopefully have my horizons expanded One of Bourdain s beliefs is that nothing should be wasted and all the places he visits are cultures which also embrace that philosophy Just because some people may be squeamish with things like offal doesn t mean it should be thrown away The that can be used out of one animal means the less total number of animals needed to feed people And it can be quite tasty Liver and kidney are both nice, though I m not really a fan of brain, heart or tongue.One of my issues with the book is it didn t venture to enough places He visited 5 European countries, 3 in Asia, 2 in the Americas and 1 in Africa Maybe a little less time in Europe and some elsewhere would have been good But his current show, No Reservations, has taken care of that I really liked Bourdain s attitude self deprecating, honest, harsh but always respectful of other cultures and willing to give things a try And also passionate about the eradication of vegans A great book I look forward to watching the show and then probably grabbing his next book. Now, I love Anthony Bourdain He s basically full of shit and insane, but honest enough to be aware of it.He s smug, cynical, occasionally snobby and has all the tact of hammer to the forehead.At the same time he s very aware that he s stumbled into a job most people would kill for, he s getting paid to eat good food and travel anywhere he wants in the world Someone is paying him to go live out his boyhood dreams and fantasies.He also loves going places, meeting people and food He has a soft romantic streak that keeps coming through to remind you all that New York City cynicism will fade the second you show him a breath taking view or a good mealHe writes like he s sitting somewhere, with a drink in his hand, telling you a story This book is basically food porn Anthony goes places 90% of his readers will never get to, and eats food 90% of his readers will never be able to afford or eat It only occasionally crosses paths with reality, but despite knowing that he makes you want to go to those places well, maybe not Cambodia and eat those foods, even when they are way out of your price range or slightly disgusting sounding He had me craving foods I generally don t even like.If that s not enough, the scene where he talks about his dad will cause you to tear up and how can you not love any author that references Tintin as one of the things that made him want to travel the world. Bourdain a privileged, hypocritical, crude bastard manages to write prose that is intriguing, funny, and surprisingly poetic I began the book as a critic of Bourdain, having just read KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, which I found to be shallow and boring at best, and also having watched his show NO RESERVATIONS, which often leaves a bad taste in my mouth for several reasons Despite all this, there has always been something in Bourdain s writing that has kept me coming back After reading this book, I ve been unwillingly converted A COOK S TOUR is actually about FOOD where it comes from, our relationship to it, and what it reflects all unfolding through a narrative of vivid, hilarious, and usually grotesque anecdotes Bourdain s arrogance and self righteous tirades are quelled by substantial moments of sensitivity, humility, and romantic introspection I laughed out loud a minimum of twice per chapter and, at times, was choking with overwhelming sadness In the end, he might be unfairly frolicking around milking his celebrity, but Bourdain has and will continue to experience the entire world in ways most of us cannot Again, a lucky asshole who writes a damn good story. I can t figure what holds me back about his book I love Anthony Bourdain s attitude about food and his philosophy about what makes a great meal I love his desire for absolutely fresh food, right off the bleeding stick or never touching a refrigerator, and I admire the distinctions he makes about how food looks and how it tastes my wife is one who cannot get over the appearance of food and lets it affect her enjoyment of it, while I don t care how food looks, but simply want good tasting stuff I love Bourdain s sense of experimentalism, his willingness to try live cobra heart, and his sense of adventure, how he searches out a fugu chef who knows how to properly prepare poisonous blowfish , and my wife is now relieved that I take Bourdain at his word that the stuff doesn t really have much flavor and wasn t quite worth all the excitement The concept of this book is fantastic Anthony Bourdain travels to Vietnam, Japan, Cambodia, Portugal, Russia and other fine spots for the adventure of eating And we re not just talking about the food itself Bourdain wants the whole experience of food, from the killing of the livestock to the last shot of vodka before heading out into the night He understands that food comes from a place and people, and he wants to know both as intimately as he can to get a true sense of what the food is about It is a brilliant gesture in a category of writing that I find all too sterile, a style of writing often taken over by self professed food gurus sitting in palaces removed from the real cooks and snubbing their noses at true cuisine while only praising what is served in delicate portions in a fine atmosphere That Bourdain continually bashes Food Network stars is wonderfully brilliant and it makes me trust the man implicitly were he to serve me brains wrapped in pig cheek and smothered with mayonnaise, I would gladly eat it if he told me it would be some good stuff But for whatever reason, I found this book as a whole not so engaging to read, and I can only attribute that to the writing itself I don t know if this books suffers from Bourdain s inexperience at writing, or if this simply has been edited to death to remove a lot of life from the prose I would love to praise this book as one of the best that has ever crossed my path, for the content itself is comforting in that it expresses the heart of a true food lover, one I will probably emulate for years to come, but as a book itself, I must say that I skipped over passages that I found highly tedious to read. I enjoyed this a lot than Kitchen Confidential, primarily because Anthony Bourdain allows himself to fade into the background in several chapters of the book I loved his descriptions of meals across the world, and almost every single chapter made me hungry and or made me laugh out loud There s a pig roast in Portugal, a market in Vietnam, taco stands in Oaxaca, vodka soaked dinners in Russia and sake soaked dinners in Japan Bourdain has a true gift for writing about food and about meals This book is about the search for the perfect meal, but he makes sure to qualify that the perfect meal is very rarely the most sophisticated, because context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one s life This is absolutely true, at least for me The thought of venison sausage brings me back immediately to the Texas hill country in the early 2000s, and there s probably nothing better or less authentic than my mom s spaghetti The adventure in this book is less about the search for the perfect meal, and about reading other cultures through his culinary explorations The chapters that I enjoyed the most were the most contained and conveyed an absolute sense of place through the meals Basque, Morocco, Russia, and Portugal I found the structure of the book a little odd, as well as the choice of locations Bourdain has three separate chapters about Vietnam I could certainly read about Vietnamese food forever, but because the chapters are split up through the book I was continually surprised by each return There s also, rather shockingly, a chapter set in Cambodia, where he pays locals to take him to a Khmer Rouge stronghold The history lesson on Cambodia is useful, but I found the entire idea that Bourdain would drag 1 his crew and 2 a bunch of local Cambodians to Pailin to be so distasteful that it soured the second part of the book for me Bourdain repeats a couple of times that he wants to have Adventures, potentially in the style of a Joseph Conrad villain he also mentions that his TV producer gently suggests that he look at a map before he goes to a country This is certainly an honest representation of why he s choosing to travel, but it veers into a reckless arrogance that I don t particularly like.Bourdain also spends part of an entire chapter defending Gordon Ramsay for being crass and confrontational in his kitchen I wonder why Anthony Bourdain would do that , and writes a chapter about San Francisco that seems to be specifically targeted towards demeaning vegetarians It s certainly possible to go to San Francisco after visiting Cambodia and feel that Americans are lucky to have accessible meat, at all, but Bourdain s attitude towards vegetarianism is so antagonistic and puzzling If kids in Cambodia are starving, should everyone around the world say, You re right We should be consuming as much factory farmed meat as possible, because that s an authentic expression of our cuisine There s a world of difference between Bourdain s elevation of the Portuguese pig farm slaughter and his cursory few sentences about the bland and fattening mass produced food of the Midwest Are we all supposed to ignore climate change until we ve solved world peace If he didn t want to go to a vegan restaurant in Berkeley, couldn t he have decided to visit India, or Israel, or Ethiopia You don t have to be popping entire roasted birds in your mouth in Vietnam in order to experience the world s cuisine.Anyway, I liked this a lot, and Bourdain is a gifted writer But I m still puzzled by his position as an elder statesman of American food culture I don t think I particularly like him. Goals for my life 1 Write better2 Cook better3 Travel Redefined goal for life BE LIKE ANTHONY BOURDAIN.I ve listened through this book twice now, and I ve loved it both times In every case there s a new discovery to be had, a new element to enjoy, a new allusion to catch Bourdain s voice doing the narration, a comforting mix of professor with a smoking habit and friendly guy at the bar, is perfect naturally because it s his voice reading his words.The meandering journeys through Asia, Europe and Latin America encourage wanderlust in even the most entrenched home bodies The accounts of food and meals will give you hunger pains even if you re full to the brim on grandma s beef stroganoff The wit and wisdom and unedited work of America s foremost connoisseur of all things international makes this book a most read for anyone, everyone who enjoys literature, food or travel which should be one, two, thre all of you Kim says I have a man crush on Anthony Bourdain So what s a man crush My favorite urban dictionary definition of the term reads Respect, admiration and idolization of another man Non sexual Celebrities, athletes and rock stars are often the object of the man crush.Let s see Do I have a man crush on Anthony Bourdain by that definition Let s frame the question around my recent reading of A Cook s Tour.This is Bourdain s second, book, after Kitchen Confidential The title is a double dip , a technique Bourdain has utilized throughout his career, in which he mines the same experience for both a book and television series In this case the frame is Bourdain s search for a perfect meal However, the perfect meal question turns out to be of minimal importance to the narrative, which has the author traveling across the globe, sampling local cuisine and riffing on his responses to the people and culture Bourdain s strengths are myriad First, he s not some dumbass showing up in Morocco or Paris, trying a snail, and saying, this tastes good He knows his food and he knows it well The San Francisco chapter, including a visit to Keller s French Laundry, shows off the author s encyclopedic food knowledge Second, he treats the people and cultures he encounters with great respect Bourdain values consistency and hard work and seems equally awed by both the best chefs in the world and the Bedouin riders that get him high on a desert night Third, he seems like the kind of guy who doesn t take himself too seriously but takes his work very seriously While he ll mock himself silly for his corporate whoredom to the Food Network pimp, you can tell he doesn t want to write a crappy book or make a lame episode although in his own estimation he s done both Finally, he writes and talks about food and traveling like a crime fiction fan with a couple of his own crime novels under his belt All of which is true He notices the guy who brings the salsa and wonders what he does after work In some ways I don t want to like Anthony Bourdain I m a vegetarian, in his eyes a sworn enemy his shredding of a Californian vegetarian potluck is priceless He never shuts the hell up about New York, and I m from Chicago If I saw him on the street I wouldn t approach him, because I would feel like an asshole and, while he would probably try to be civil, from what I can tell he s just want to get the hell away from anyone who ever wanted to talk with him about his books I admire that If he wanted to bask in fans attention I doubt I d be a fan.But do I have a man crush Two out of three I respect and admire Bourdain, but I don t idolize him I don t want to be him I love his books, and I can t think of a better show to which to work out than No Reservations A Cook s Tour reads like a murderless noir novel where the characters eat a lot and taunt the cameramen And I like that idea Bourdain is an original there s no one like him, and imitators, well, they sound stupid when they try to sound like Bourdain So sorry, Kim, no man crush But I m reading Twilight next, and there s always Edward {FREE DOWNLOAD} ç A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines ⚾ From the star of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain s New York Times bestselling chronicle of travelling the world in search the globe s greatest cuilnary adventuresThe only thing gonzo gastronome and internationally bestselling author Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling Inspired by the question, What would be the perfect meal , Tony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail, and in the process turns the notion of perfection inside out From California to Cambodia, A Cooks Tour chronicles the unpredictable adventures of America s boldest and bravest chef.Fans of Bourdain will find much to love in revisting this classic culinary and travel memoir. Book Club Read Loved this travel memoir so much Anthony Bourdain s writing captures a precarious balance of cynicism and true wonder that s very hard to achieve His genuine passion for good food and good people leaps off the page, as he revels in the simplicities of tradition and family in the places he explores My mouth watered, my feet itched and I laughed my arse off This book really spoke my language Off now to binge watch the accompanying tv show, now streaming on Huluand crush on him just a little