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Anthony Bourdain's Cooking Show

marlie202 Dec 7, 2006 10:13 PM

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

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  1. monku RE: marlie202 Dec 7, 2006 10:27 PM

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

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      Robert Lauriston RE: monku Dec 8, 2006 04:27 PM

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

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      SChalfant RE: marlie202 Dec 7, 2006 10:31 PM

      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!

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        gido RE: marlie202 Dec 7, 2006 10:31 PM

        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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          hungryann RE: gido Dec 13, 2006 02:03 AM

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

        2. sharonanne RE: marlie202 Dec 7, 2006 10:59 PM

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

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            HoneybeeSF RE: sharonanne Dec 7, 2006 11:05 PM

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

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              Will Owen RE: HoneybeeSF Dec 8, 2006 05:40 AM

              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!

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            exbarkeep RE: marlie202 Dec 8, 2006 07:47 AM

            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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              coll RE: exbarkeep Dec 9, 2006 10:14 AM

              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.

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                therealbigtasty RE: coll Dec 24, 2006 02:34 AM

                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.

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                  sharonanne RE: therealbigtasty Dec 24, 2006 04:27 PM

                  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.

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                    therealbigtasty RE: sharonanne Dec 24, 2006 04:37 PM

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

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                      Davwud RE: therealbigtasty Dec 24, 2006 06:11 PM

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


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                        therealbigtasty RE: Davwud Dec 25, 2006 01:05 AM

                        Cool, I was curious.

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

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                          Davwud RE: therealbigtasty Dec 25, 2006 04:29 PM

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


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                          personalcheffie RE: Davwud Dec 25, 2006 04:45 PM

                          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.

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                            Mill City Modern RE: Davwud Jan 5, 2007 02:20 PM

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

                2. mariacarmen RE: marlie202 Dec 8, 2006 04:21 PM

                  it was good for a little while, but then it got cheesy, like all the other Food Network shows. i saw him speak at Herbst Theater (he was great)and he said he hated it there. in the end, all they wanted him to do was visit BBQ cook-offs and do tailgate parties. I like his new show much better.

                  1. Will Owen RE: marlie202 Dec 8, 2006 06:16 PM

                    In his personal appearances here he has been bluntly unsparing of the "clowns" (the kindest epithet he uses) who took over the direction of Food Network in his last year there. And while he does not go out of his way to praise his current employer, he is frank about what a lucky b*****d he is, getting to travel around with a crew he likes, eating and drinking and staying up past his bedtime while getting paid 'way too much money. He is under no illusions that this is gonna last forever - he's just happy to be living it now. Good for him.

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                      Atomica RE: Will Owen Dec 12, 2006 12:19 PM

                      I've been a huge fan of Tony for quite a while, but if he's such a lucky guy, why did his new life (after Les Halles) cause him to divorce the woman he spoke of in such glowing terms in "Kitchen Confidential"?

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                        kaitak98 RE: Atomica Dec 18, 2006 06:29 AM

                        He touches on it briefly in this interview...


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                          coll RE: kaitak98 Dec 18, 2006 11:52 AM

                          Thanks for posting, what a great interview!

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                      jkt RE: marlie202 Dec 9, 2006 03:01 AM

                      I enjoy the No Reservations series a lot, particularly if it's a country I'm interested in. In the new series, he comments on culture as well as food, drinking, and cooking. He's somewhat cynical and jaded, but you can see at times a huge respect and appreciation he has for great food, whether street food or fine dining. I think in the Cooks Tour series, he was looking more for unusual or extreme foods to entertain the viewers.

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                        toodie jane RE: jkt Dec 9, 2006 03:49 PM

                        to me he comes across as real, as opposed to gushy and bland. 'Course that may be because I'm a cynic by nature, as well.

                        I'm happy to see someone achieving prominence in his field while not being a pasty cheerleader type.

                        an old phrase from the 60's: Tell it like it IS.

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                          monku RE: toodie jane Dec 11, 2006 04:24 AM

                          Funny thing is that everything he eats he says its good except once when I saw him eat an iguana in Mexico he didn't like that.

                          I've read almost everything he's written and enjoy it except his attempt at fiction is just so so.

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                            dinwiddie RE: monku Dec 11, 2006 07:27 PM

                            I'm sure he eats things that he doesn't like, but with as much film as they take, and as little time as they have to put it in the show, why would he put in the stuff he didn't like. Besides, he is one of those guys that pretty much likes all kinds of food and the stranger the better.

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                              Robert Lauriston RE: dinwiddie Dec 11, 2006 07:59 PM

                              He said the fermented shark in Iceland was the most disgusting thing he ever tasted.

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                                monku RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 11, 2006 10:59 PM

                                Lutefisk--cod soaked in lye.
                                That was the only other thing besides the iguana he said he didn't.

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                                  Robert Lauriston RE: monku Dec 12, 2006 01:30 AM

                                  USA Today: What's the most disgusting thing you've ever eaten?

                                  Anthony Bourdain:: That would have to be the fermented shark fin I had in Iceland.


                                  And to be polite or save face, he had to eat the stuff at least three times!

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                                    monku RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 13, 2006 02:53 AM

                                    Your right...Now I remember the Iceland episode when Tony ate that shark fine.

                                    I was thinking of an episode of Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo in Minnesota when he had to eat lutefisk. Sounded just as vile as that fermented shark fin.

                                    Maybe its a Nordic thing.

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                                      vsoy RE: monku Jan 3, 2007 07:18 PM

                                      My husband once flew Iceland Air when he was in his early 20's and raved about the hot airline stewards and stewardesses. Ugh! After watching that Iceland episode, his perception of Nordic beauty went out the window. I always thought the silly disclaimer after commercial break was superfluous, but those gym rats were gross.

                                      Usually when we watch "No Reservations" we say, "Oh, let's go there!" but after that episode, we have no desire to go to Iceland.

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                                        therealbigtasty RE: vsoy Jan 4, 2007 04:19 PM

                                        But Icelanders are so cool.

                                        Supposedly by law kids at the age of thirteen are required to have summer jobs, how cool is that?

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                                          coll RE: therealbigtasty Jan 5, 2007 12:54 PM

                                          That's probably because almost everyone in Iceland works for the government fishing co-op.

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                                            therealbigtasty RE: coll Jan 5, 2007 06:14 PM

                                            That's good, let's get those darn kids workin'!

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                                          Joanie RE: vsoy Jan 5, 2007 06:49 PM

                                          What does the first ugh refer to, that he thought the airline staff was hot?

                                          There's lots of stuff in Iceland besides fermented shark. Helps if you like to drink/party a lot tho. And have the $$ for it.

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                                            vsoy RE: Joanie Jan 5, 2007 09:46 PM

                                            Heheh, I didn't realize it could be interpreted either way. I meant "ugh" as in the people in that show were not particularly attractive in terms of looks or personality.

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                                Sam Fujisaka RE: monku Dec 21, 2006 05:33 PM

                                Almost died laughing at his post-iguana comments. Something like (although better), "Makes you want to pull your eyeballs out by the stalks, light your head on fire, and jump off a cliff."

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                            vb_lady RE: marlie202 Dec 11, 2006 08:08 PM

                            I heart that show. It's also strangly political and inspiration, which is interesting, given what a cynical pain in the a** he can be. Did you see the Lebanon special?

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                              monku RE: vb_lady Dec 11, 2006 11:04 PM

                              Good episode--interesting to see his serious and dramatic side.

                              Was that the last episode of the year?

                              I'm upset because my cable provider Time Warner took the Travel Channel away (basic package) and replaced it with The Golf Channel (and I'm a golf fanatic).

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                              vb_lady RE: marlie202 Dec 12, 2006 01:23 PM

                              Did anyone see the Joan Cusack travel and food show on the Travel Channel. Can't say that I really dig it.

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                                Atomica RE: vb_lady Dec 12, 2006 01:43 PM

                                There's a big long thread on the Joan Cusack show.

                              2. sharonanne RE: marlie202 Dec 12, 2006 02:28 PM

                                The best one of his shows was when he and his brother went to the village in France where they spent their early years. Please correct me if I am missing the details. I just remember he was a little softer than usual when they were talking about memories. Oh, the other one was when he went back to the CIA and talked to one of his instructors. Again, correct me if I have the wrong school but I think he was a little bit of a problem child for them.

                                I'm thinking these might have been specials? There was also one where he and some other chefs had dinner at the French Laundry. How Martha Stewart of him to get the TV show to foot the tab.

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                                  TryThis RE: marlie202 Dec 15, 2006 07:13 PM

                                  I was in SF over the Thanksgivings Day weekend and happened to see Anthony Bourdain and another guy with a camera man. They were in the park across the street from City Hall. We were going to the Asian Museum which looks across the park to city hall. Does he have more shows in the works?

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                                    mliew RE: TryThis Dec 15, 2006 09:18 PM

                                    He was probably taping season 3 of No Reservations. I think the new episodes start airing in January.

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                                      Robert Lauriston RE: mliew Dec 16, 2006 01:29 AM

                                      January 1.

                                  2. Davwud RE: marlie202 Dec 24, 2006 02:47 AM

                                    There is also a book of the same name. Much more in depth and a great read. Anyone who's read AB will know what I'm talking about.


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                                      PhillyFoodFanatic RE: marlie202 Dec 24, 2006 07:55 PM

                                      When does the new season start?

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                                        marlie202 RE: PhillyFoodFanatic Dec 24, 2006 10:15 PM

                                        January 1, 2007 new season 3

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                                        personalcheffie RE: marlie202 Dec 25, 2006 05:12 PM

                                        The thing that sets Bourdain apart is he truly doesn't give a s**t what anyone thinks. He's brutally honest about his pay offs, having to play the game, the pretentious expectations networks have and what they falsely try to portray. I admire anyone who doesn't want to play the game. Better yet, make up your own rules. Everyone else will follow, or you will happily be singing your own tune.

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                                          vb_lady RE: marlie202 Jan 8, 2007 06:14 PM

                                          YAY! Anthony Bourdain is on tonight and in Ghana. The only thing that I think is really weird about his show is doesn't he get sick eating all that street food. Has this been mentioned ever?

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                                            Sam Fujisaka RE: vb_lady Jan 8, 2007 06:19 PM

                                            Street food in developing countries is usually fresh and clean. Restaurant kitchens, on the other hand, are often rat infested hell holes--and this goes for ones that have the look and sheen of fancy on the front floor. I think he stays healthy because he eats street food.

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