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Aug 14, 2006 06:48 PM

Bourdain at the Commonwealth Club of California

Did anyone hear him last night on XM Public Radio? I am sure it was broadcast elsewhere but that is where i caught it. Funny as always and he vindicated my feelings on the wretchedness of Truffle Oil (he may make this point often, not sure).

It is always nice to hear someone who is branded a jerk because of his strongly held opinions, especially when what seems to be really driving them is commitment to exacting sensualism. Listening to him speak, Bourdain sounds principled and reasonable and the his critics either compromised or lazy. The more I learn about him, the more impressed I am. Meaning: I'd get hammered and eat wombat jowl with him.

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    1. I was lucky enough to be in the audience at the actual event a few months back. He was very impressive, very funny, and very good at what he does. If you search back a few days there was a link on this Board to the article he wrote about being stuck in Beirut at the time of the bombing. I also have been see commercials for the airing of that episode on the Travel Channel on Aug. 21.

      1. I heard part of it Friday evening on KQED FM 88.5 (San Francisco public radio). Some of the zingers were gratuitous, but necessary to maintain his bad boy image. At lot of the commentary was very sensible and thought-provoking.

        For your RealPlayer-compatible streaming media listening pleasure:

        1. Please. He's becoming a cartoon.

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          1. re: BigboyDan

            Whenever he stops at Vroman's in Pasadena on a book tour, it's wall-to-wall packed an hour beforehand. He's a genuine hoot, always talks good sense, seems to love what he's doing and be VERY grateful not to be dishing up 300+ plates a night anymore. Uses the F-word now and then, and the little old granny ladies lap it up like ice cream.

            Last time he was here he elaborated a bit more about how he got slid out of the Food Network, intimating that with their Rachelization was a deliberate dumbing-down to widen appeal and make more money: more audience and stupider, cheaper shows. He's not a cartoon now, I think, but he would have had to become one if he'd accepted the conditions for staying there. He was then all set to go off and write books, and then Travel Channel called him up. I don't care much for the new show - way too contrived and scripted, more Goofy Guy Abroad than about the food, but I'm glad he's having some fun with it.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Well ya, it is goofy guy abroad. It's more than about food but about the culture. Which includes food. It may be a bit more sensationalized but who cares, it's entertaining.
              And hell ya, I'd sit down and shot tequila with him or drink a beer or whatever he wanted. I'm sure you'd have a great night on the town with him.
              You always have to respect a guy who's a top notch chef and still enjoys a good dog now and then. And understands the value of the simple foods your mom used to make you when you were a kid. Like a pb&j.


          2. And....he's kinda a bad-boy-who-smokes-too-much way...

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            1. re: jennyfur

              That's pretty much my wife's attitude, apparently widely shared. Watching all those folks lining up to get their books signed, you could tell every woman in the place over 11 and up to 90 or whatever thought this guy was HOT. So did some of the guys, it appeared...

              You know what was REALLY cool? All the baby chefs from the Culinary Institute getting him to sign their whites!

              1. re: jennyfur

                Tastes can be all over the place, in restaurants, food and "kinda sexy". The movies have presented/promoted smking as sexy since they began. I think there's so much smoking in movies these days because the tobacco industry pays for it.
                Personally I would never trust a chef who's a smoker, let alone one who seems to be a chain smoker