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Dec 7, 2006 10:13 PM

Anthony Bourdain's Cooking Show

I missed his cooking show on The Food Network--was it good??Can you tell me something about it-

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  1. If I remember correctly it wasn't a cooking show, but like his show on the Travel Channel "No Reservations".

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    1. re: monku

      Yeah, lots of eating, not much cooking, no recipes. I think Bourdain pitched in to make some bechamel or something in one episode.

    2. His Food TV show was "A Cook's Tour." Very similar to the Travel Channel show - and I kind of liked it better to be honest. LOVE Tony Bourdain!

      1. His "Cook's Tour" was a half-hour version of his current one-hour food/travelogue (which starts a new season New Year's night). The Food Network version emphasized more on the food and less on the other aspects of his destinations.

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        1. re: gido

          Does Cook's Tour still air on Food Network as repeats? I'd love to catch it sometimes.

        2. I do like watching him but how does he taste anything when he smokes so much? I'm fascinated.

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          1. re: sharonanne

            I'm sure that's how he can eat the most disgusting things... dead taste buds!!

            1. re: HoneybeeSF

              No, I think he's just trained his taste buds to ignore the tobacco flavor and zoom in on the other stuff. As for not tasting "disgusting stuff," I was watching when he tried the fermented shark. Oh, he tasted that all right!

          2. I'm a non-smoking waiter, over 15 years in the restaurant biz, and the best chef i've worked with was a chain smoking, self-taught guy. He seemed to instinctively know what flavors worked. Go figure.

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            1. re: exbarkeep

              My husband smokes three packs a day and can taste things better than I do; he catches the tiniest changes I make in my recipes. Although when he had plueresy, he stoppped smoking for a week and gave up drinking Pepsi, which he had been addicted to, because he said it tasted disgusting all of a sudden. I think he has "super" taste buds though.

              1. re: coll

                Exactly...most chefs I've worked with in this business have smoked or do smoke.

                While anti-smoking campaigning is very good in it's guidance, we need to realize that smokers don't cease to be valid at things.

                We'd be surprised to find that many chefs and sommeliers and whatnot smoke.

                1. re: therealbigtasty

                  I've never smoked so I wouldn't know. I just know that friends who have quit talk about how much better they can taste. It made me wonder if an already great chef would be even better.

                  1. re: sharonanne

                    Good thought... I don't smoke either, but know a ton o' smokers.

                    1. re: therealbigtasty

                      I used to smoke and noticed no difference in how food tasted.


                      1. re: Davwud

                        Cool, I was curious.

                        I do know that there's an illegal smoking product that makes food taste AMAZING...but that's all heresay.

                        1. re: therealbigtasty

                          I can attest that it does in fact make food taste much more tasty.


                        2. re: Davwud

                          Ditto. I smoked for 35 years and quit. There was no revelation of anything tasting better, different, nor did I gain more energy.

                          All I know is it possibly is better for my health and better for my budget not to smoke anymore. I never coughed, never had a problem chest x-ray, never had a problem with bone density.

                          1. re: Davwud

                            I noticed a HUGE difference after I quit smoking. Food tastes a lot better, and my sense of smell is much better as well.