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free "Nasty Bits" by Anthony Bourdain

I think this is legit and . . . I like Anthony. I just signed up, we'll see if/when it arrives.


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  1. It is legit (or like you, hoping it is!). I meant to post it a few days ago and forgot to do so after a friend sent an Email to me. I signed up, and it says I should get my copy within 2-4 weeks. (I also made sure to NOT check off any advertising contact info!) Looks like they'll distribute them until supplies run out.

    1. The offer isn't available in California.

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        1. re: tuttifrutti

          This is only a guess, but I know it is against the law to give away booze in California. Thus, a bar can offer half price drinks, but it can't do a "buy one -- get one free" promotion. Since the deal is sponsored by a beer company, maybe they've decided they can't safely give away anything.

          1. re: PeteEats

            Had problems with a Guinness promo like this before, some state law forbids it. I just get it all sent to my mom in Arkansas.

            1. re: PeteEats

              i dunno about that. i have been to plenty of bars in SoCal that offer buy one get one free or 2 for 1 deals.

              1. re: wilafur

                Ok, I did the research. Cal Business and Professions Code 25600 provides:

                "(1) No licensee [anyone authorized to sell liquor] shall, directly or indirectly, give any premium, gift, or free goods in connection with the sale or distribution of any alcoholic beverage..."

                So not only can't you give away free booze, you can't give away other stuff -- like Bourdain's book.

                1. re: PeteEats

                  That's only WITH purchase(retail sale or[wholesale]distribution)-they can give freebies, other than the alcohol itself--promotionally. I have designed premiums for alcohol distributors, that's the only reason I am sure about this, I've heard it discussed professionally too many times to count!

              2. re: PeteEats

                I don't see how this could be true. There are plenty of places here in LA that have two for one happy hours (Cabo Cantina, off the top of my head).

          2. whoa, this is rad. well, i hope its real too! i filled it out. we'll see. kitchen confidential was great. how do you all like his show on travel channel tho? i think its...ok.

            1. Thanks for the link. FYI: By clicking through "The Tap" link, you get information about Bourdain's partnership with MSN, including a list of recommended websites (not sure who created the list), which includes Chowhound.

              1. Thanks for the info and the link.

                1. Aw, I already bought this a couple weeks ago. It isn't for Canadians anyway, though.

                  Let us know if you actually get a copy, people :)

                  1. ugh, I already bought it a few months ago . I'm going to order one anyways, because well I can (:

                    1. Did anyone ever get their copy?

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                      1. re: fascfoo

                        Not yet, but I only ordered mine 2 weeks ago - the confirmation screen I got was it takes 2-4 weeks.

                      2. Promotion ended.

                        Too bad. I loved A Cooks Tour.


                        1. Has anyone gotten their book yet? I signed up the day this thread first appeared (9/28) and it has not arrived yet.

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                          1. re: Fydeaux

                            I haven't either. I signed up a few days before 9/28.

                            1. re: Fydeaux

                              Just checkin' in --have you received the book yet? I too filled out the info. for it on 9/22. Just curious. Thanks.

                              1. re: mizjonnes68

                                As of yesterday, no. I've pretty much written it off at this point, except that I'm certain that the minute I place my next Alibris order, it will turn up in my mailbox!

                                1. re: Fydeaux

                                  I haven't gotten it either, but it's not been 6 weeks yet . . . or has it?
                                  Anyway, "gift horse" you know...
                                  ; )

                            2. They say the supply is exhausted now--damnit-I would've enjoyed a copy. Isn't he the guy who had a really rough life-then cleaned up his act and became a force in the restaurant biz? that's really a great example for anyone who's trying to overcome adversity.

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                              1. re: JackSpit

                                Depends on how much credit you give for self-inflicted adversity.

                                I like AB, partly because he doesn't apologize for who he is -- grew up with privilege, proclaimed himself a hedonist, chose a lifestyle that revels in its own edginess, then straightened out.

                                The man can cook, though. And write about it.

                              2. I never got my book and I signed up right when it started. But I did eat the print out of the Web page instead and it was pretty tasty. Orangie but a few too many words.


                                1. I just received the following email in regards to the free book:

                                  Dear Participant,

                                  Thank you for your interest in the Guide for Tasteful Living book offer originally available at http://www.livetastefully.msn.com/.

                                  We have received your request for a free copy of Anthony Bourdain’s "The Nasty Bits". Due to overwhelming participation and popularity of this offer, we are writing to let you know that delivery of the book has been delayed. You should receive your book within 6-8 weeks. We are working to ensure delivery of your book as quickly as possible. On behalf of our client, Microsoft Corporation, we thank you for your patience.


                                  Marden-Kane Inc.
                                  Promotion Administrator for Microsoft Corp.

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                                  1. re: rcheng

                                    Interesting, rcheng! Thanks for posting it! I'd gone to Amstel's website initially provided and couldn't find a "contact us" link. Did you write to MSN or Microsoft directly?

                                    I guess I'll hold off buying Nasty Bits for another 2 months. :-)

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      I was sent the same message and I never made contact with anyone.

                                      1. re: KTinNYC

                                        I came home and found the same EMail in my home Emailbox. And also didn't make contact with anyone...so I guess they're just sending it out to anyone who placed an order.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          I got the email too. See what happens when word gets out on a freebie?

                                      2. re: LindaWhit

                                        I never made contact with anyone in regards to this, I just received this email so you may be getting the same email shortly.

                                        By the way, I did buy the book and although I haven't gotten very far into the book, it is thus far an excellent read. Not sure what I'll do with my second copy yet, maybe I'll re-gift it in the very unlikely event it arrives by Xmas.

                                      3. re: rcheng

                                        I, too, received this email. It seems they are serious and will send the books, eventually.

                                        1. re: rcheng

                                          I wonder if they are refraining from shamelessly pimping your personal information to all of their "sister companies" for another 6-8 weeks as well.

                                        2. they were all out or it was closed

                                          1. Wow, I had forgotten I even ordered this book and it finally came in today! I ordered mine months ago, so I guess they're finally getting through the backlog.

                                            1. Yep, mine came in today's mail as well. See - patience pays off!

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                                              1. re: Allstonian

                                                Mine just came in the mail as well.

                                                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                                    I'm still waiting on mine, although a friend who had also signed up said she got hers yesterday.

                                              2. Mine came yesterday, too. I'd completely forgotten about it.

                                                1. Mine came yesterday too. I had almost given up.

                                                    1. Mine came today. And I got one for Christmas. So now I have to find a home for the second one.

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                                                      1. re: gido

                                                        Would love to read it if you're willing to share your extra copy!! I promise to 'pay it forward' when I'm done!

                                                      2. And yet another...Mine came yesterday, too. And I just unearthed the library copy I need to return.

                                                        1. HOORAY! My AB book arrived today (Thursday 1/18) as well. Thanks AMSTEL!

                                                          1. Me too! Mine arrived today (Thursday).

                                                              1. Got mine today. I think it's safe to say they are making good on this offer. And most amazingly, I have not been swamped with junk email from Amstel!

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                                                                1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                  Hehe I agree. In fact, I might by an Amstel the next time I'm out because of this promotion!

                                                                  1. I got my free book today! I had almost forgotten about it, and assumed the promotion was a fake. I ordered it as an early Christmas gift for my DH. Now it is just in time for Valentine's Day.

                                                                    My thanks to the OP who first posted the link.

                                                                    1. Just clicked on the site....as soon as it came up this is what was posted..The promotion has either ended
                                                                      or all supplies are exhausted.
                                                                      I guess I waited a bit to long....Oh well....Such is life...OBX

                                                                      1. Just got mine today! Thanks to whomever posted the original link. Great to get something for free!!

                                                                        1. I guess I am on the later end of things, but I got mine today 1/26. Woohoh free book!