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bigjeff Sep 28, 2006 04:35 PM

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


  1. LindaWhit Sep 28, 2006 04:48 PM

    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. Morton the Mousse Sep 28, 2006 04:50 PM

      The offer isn't available in California.

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      1. re: Morton the Mousse
        tuttifrutti Sep 28, 2006 05:07 PM

        why not?!!!

        1. re: tuttifrutti
          PeteEats Sep 28, 2006 08:33 PM

          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
            Scrapironchef Sep 28, 2006 08:46 PM

            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
              wilafur Sep 28, 2006 10:47 PM

              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
                PeteEats Sep 29, 2006 09:46 PM

                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
                  JackSpit Oct 26, 2006 01:55 PM

                  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
                mollyomormon Oct 27, 2006 11:47 PM

                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).

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            ben61820 Sep 28, 2006 05:12 PM

            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.

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              abrocadabro Sep 28, 2006 06:43 PM

              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.

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                Fleur Sep 29, 2006 08:12 AM

                Thanks for the info and the link.

                1. NovoCuisine Sep 29, 2006 12:14 PM

                  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. bitsubeats Sep 29, 2006 09:52 PM

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

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                      fascfoo Oct 12, 2006 08:08 PM

                      Did anyone ever get their copy?

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                      1. re: fascfoo
                        LindaWhit Oct 12, 2006 08:44 PM

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

                      2. Davwud Oct 12, 2006 09:31 PM

                        Promotion ended.

                        Too bad. I loved A Cooks Tour.


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                          Fydeaux Oct 26, 2006 01:34 PM

                          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
                            LindaWhit Oct 26, 2006 01:38 PM

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

                            1. re: LindaWhit
                              yumyum Oct 26, 2006 08:53 PM

                              Me neither. I signed up 9/22.

                            2. re: Fydeaux
                              mizjonnes68 Nov 6, 2006 05:51 PM

                              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
                                Fydeaux Nov 7, 2006 02:06 PM

                                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
                                  pitu Nov 7, 2006 04:49 PM

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

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                              JackSpit Oct 26, 2006 01:55 PM

                              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
                                KTFoley Oct 26, 2006 09:57 PM

                                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.

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                                wesfoodie Oct 27, 2006 11:44 PM

                                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. rcheng Dec 6, 2006 04:00 PM

                                  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
                                    LindaWhit Dec 6, 2006 05:14 PM

                                    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
                                      KTinNYC Dec 6, 2006 05:25 PM

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

                                      1. re: KTinNYC
                                        LindaWhit Dec 7, 2006 12:02 AM

                                        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
                                          Scrapironchef Dec 14, 2006 10:10 PM

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

                                      2. re: LindaWhit
                                        rcheng Dec 6, 2006 05:34 PM

                                        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
                                        Seattle Rose Dec 6, 2006 10:40 PM

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

                                        1. re: rcheng
                                          krushdnasty Dec 7, 2006 03:25 AM

                                          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.

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                                          marlie202 Dec 10, 2006 09:57 PM

                                          they were all out or it was closed

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                                            Ladycale Jan 13, 2007 03:30 PM

                                            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. Allstonian Jan 13, 2007 05:15 PM

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

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                                              1. re: Allstonian
                                                rcheng Jan 17, 2007 02:26 AM

                                                Mine just came in the mail as well.

                                                1. re: rcheng
                                                  Hungry Celeste Jan 17, 2007 04:02 PM

                                                  I just got my copy yesterday.

                                                  1. re: Hungry Celeste
                                                    LindaWhit Jan 17, 2007 04:17 PM

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

                                                    1. re: LindaWhit
                                                      LindaWhit Jan 17, 2007 10:42 PM

                                                      And sure enough, mine came today.

                                              2. Deenso Jan 17, 2007 05:30 PM

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

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                                                  LisaLou Jan 17, 2007 06:03 PM

                                                  Mine came yesterday too. I had almost given up.

                                                  1. toro head Jan 17, 2007 08:38 PM

                                                    I got my copy today.

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                                                      conniemcd Jan 17, 2007 08:56 PM

                                                      Just got mine today also.

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                                                      gido Jan 18, 2007 12:45 AM

                                                      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
                                                        sethnanyc Jan 18, 2007 07:53 PM

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

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                                                        rockycat Jan 18, 2007 02:55 PM

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

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                                                          mizjonnes68 Jan 18, 2007 07:49 PM

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

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                                                            Seattle Rose Jan 18, 2007 09:28 PM

                                                            Me too! Mine arrived today (Thursday).

                                                            1. pitu Jan 18, 2007 10:37 PM

                                                              mine arrived 1/17

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                                                                Fydeaux Jan 18, 2007 11:42 PM

                                                                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
                                                                  fascfoo Jan 26, 2007 08:44 AM

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

                                                                2. Ernie Diamond Jan 19, 2007 03:07 AM

                                                                  Got mine today!

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                                                                    Fleur Jan 19, 2007 08:42 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      obxspiritdreamer Jan 19, 2007 12:53 PM

                                                                      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. wyf4lyf Jan 22, 2007 09:51 PM

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

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                                                                          fascfoo Jan 26, 2007 08:43 AM

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

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