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A really good read (Bourdain's new book)

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  • mike Jan 3, 2002 11:28 AM
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I just finished A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain (the guy who wrote Kitchen Confidential). It's a wonderfully funny read and one I'd highly recommend. If you're all maxed out after Christmas, at least try to read (in a bookstore or, preferably, a library) his West Coast chapter, especially pages 237-251. He describes a vegan potluck he attended in a fashion that had me rolling in the aisle and this is followed by an account of his experience at the French Laundry that must rank as one of the best bits of food writing to come along since Auberge of the Flowering Hearth.

I read somewhere he's much better in print than on his TV show and, having devoured this book, I heartily agree.

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  1. I totally agree. When I read Kitchen Confidential last summer, I couldn't put it down! Same with his newest! My favorite chapter was his sushi feast in Japan.....I drooled all over the pages from that chapter! He captures the true essence of sushi perfectly. It confirmed my feeling that sushi is truly a religious experience.

    Yes, I was psyched about his show....until I actually watched it. He doesn't have as much personality on the screen as he does in his writing, eh?!

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    1. re: Chicklebee

      Apparently, he was famous for becoming animated only AFTER the cameras were turned off. He is a brilliant writer though.