2/20/2008

No Reservations...

Anthony Bourdain seems like he might be a jerk...

That being said, I think I'd love him. I've always gravitated toward people who have polarizing personalities. Something about having to prove myself to them... It's like a challenge. And I love a good challenge...

Well, today I've officially stepped up my interest in Bourdain to fanaticism.

A little before Christmas I saw an episode of his show, No Reservations (Travel Channel), in which he traveled to South Carolina. Now, having a classically trained chef to travel to the homeland and sample our native cuisine worried me a little. Would he turn food snob on us and turn his nose up to our superior cuisine? Turns out he didn't. He loved it. But what really struck me was how, in this episode and each one I've seen since, he really explores how the local food fits into the community of each place he goes. Food isn't just about taste. It's also about a unique expression of a culture's identity. So now, No Reservations is set to Tivo. Oh DVR... You are a wonderful thing...

On top of that, while checking out Bourdain's wikipedia page, I learned that the short lived FOX sitcom, Kitchen Confidential was based on his book of the same name. (Check it out under the "On My Shelf..." column on the right.) So, I headed over to hulu.com and, sure enough, they have every episode free for my viewing pleasure. (I've already watched three episodes!)

Then, tonight I went to Barnes & Noble and purchased the book. Looks like it's going to be a great read!

Hopefully it puts me one step closer to becoming an Iron Chef...

2 comments:

bereweber said...

yeah first i thought Anthony Bourdain was rude but he's a great chef
I love No Reservations!
have you seen his episode on Machu Pichu? one of my favorites
also don't miss Bizarre Foods with AndrewZimmern http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizarre_Foods_with_Andrew_Zimmern

not sure if it will help you with the Iron Chef challenge but surely takes an iron stomach to eat the stuff he eats

I have on my reading list "Heat" by Bill Buford, given to me by a Chef, sound promising too
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/28/books/review/28reed.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&oref=slogin

Lisa Marie said...

I read the book, too! I thought it was hilarious. It made me want to be more adventurous with eating (I eat like a picky ten-year-old most of the time) and definitely made me want to try oysters. But when the opportunity came, I failed and declined. Ugh. I want to read his other book, called The Nasty Bits, I believe. Glad you're a fan, too!!