Sunday, February 28, 2010

"A Cook's Tour" by Anthony Bourdain

(This review originally appeared as a post on The Thursday Night Movie Club Message Board Aug 20, 2009   )

A Cook's Tour ... by Anthony Bourdain

I guess you could say that for me, it's been The Summer of Bourdain.

After being a fan of the guy's Travel Channel TV show for over a year and a half now, I've finally decided to explore Bourdain's writing and have been as entranced by it as much as his "No Reservations" show. Could it be his snark, his readiness to imbibe, his dour outlook?

The answer to all three, of course, is a resounding Yes! ©®

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So there!

Originally, Bourdain's success with the book "Kitchen Confidential" eventually lead him to a TV show on the Food Network -- a show (and, especially, a network) which he would eventually come to defile in later years.

While the TV show may be no more (for which he seems immensely thankful), the author is ready to offer many detailed insights which were apparently unavailable to him during each episode's filming. I must admit that while I have never seen any of the episodes from this TV show, I now remain immensely curious about each and every one of them (especially the ones that feature his Russian friend, Zamir).

Whether it's the heartwarming trips to France with his brother, his comical adventures to Russia with Zamir, or his dangerous experiences in Asia (especially, Cambodia), this book's stories remain endlessly fascinating -- even though the TV shows on which it was clearly based no longer exist.

And now, I'm hungry!