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Aug 7, 2006 02:42 PM

Keith Floyd & Anthony Bourdain Hedonists Par Excellent

Keith Floyd & Anthony Bourdain (kindred souls) travel the culinary beat with a special brand of humour and knowledge that make them essential viewing. Food Network....take notes.

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      1. 2top, I've always thought of Anthony Bourdain as the "Hunter S. Thompson of food". If more people shared his Gonzo approach to life, there would be a lot fewer Olive Gardens cluttering the landscape.

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        1. re: Leper

          Exactly right. I don't always agree with his judgments about everything (particularly music!), but he is truly serious about what he does and what he likes and doesn't, and we need a bunch more of that. It's the attitude as much as the recipes that make the Les Halles Cookbook so important and useful to me.

        2. So is this a ... new show? Title of a book coming out? Or just a comment? I'm having trouble parsing the original post.

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          1. re: themis

            This is a comment on the state of Food Networks programming. I'm stating here that Floyd & Bourdain create far superior shows because of their knowledge, and attitude, which is related to their life experience and philosophy. That it's much more interesting to follow them around the world exploring different cuisines & cultures as they honestly get excited by there discoveries than watching a staid presentation of a chef or cook relying on sidekicks, catchphrases, or some such gimmickry in a studio.

            I'm suggesting that Food Network could learn something about format & casting.

            1. re: 2top

              You mean like Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee's "Supermarket Suppers"? You know, the one where they take 30 minutes to go around a supermarket, spending only $40, and cook using only packaged goods?


          2. Since they already gave AB his walking papers, what would you expect of them?
            FN is on an urban-young-hipster lifestyle bent, they're succeeding, and they aren't looking back in the mirror at us.
            I don't see any reason to complain about FN. It's just spitting in the wind. They're not listening.

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            1. re: bbqboy

              When did they give AB his walking papers?

              1. re: Phaedrus

                I presume the Poster meant Anthony Bourdain who went on to the travel channel, not Alton Brown who still resides on FN

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  True. Alton Brown is the one bright spot.
                  Sorry for the confusion.