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The Ten Most Insulting Things Anthony Bourdain Has Said About Food Network - Grubstreet

http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/08...

very funny stuff. A slideshow compiled as a result of his recent insult exchange with Paula Deen. Which I totally missed, but is discussed here:

http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/08...

bourdain just cracks me up. :)

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  1. Who could seriously disagree with what he said about anyone or anything in that list? The whole brainless FN concept is circling the drain and the spin is quickening.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        Of course AB is right, and i love him turning his searing vision and sharp tongue on FN, just as he does on himself - with wit, snark, smarts, and honesty. FN has for years now been a station i zip right past - sometimes i glimpse a foodie title in the Guide that looks like it might be good, but then i realize it's on FN and i know not to waste my time by even clicking on the channel.

        1. re: mariacarmen

          No no, you can't call him AB. That is reserved for Alton Brown. Try calling him TonyB.

          1. re: pdxgastro

            Screw that, Bourdain was around before Brown.

            1. re: melo7

              Alton Brown is commonly referred to as AB, Anthony Bourdain is not. Brown's television show on FN was telecast 2-1/2 years before Bourdain's show on FN. Bourdain's book came out just about a month before his TV show.

              1. re: John E.

                How about T-Bo? Nah, just call him Bourdain. But AB is Alton Brown, period.

          1. Bourdain is right on the money.
            And the FN has indeed 'jumped the shark'...quite some time ago actually. Too bad...it used to actually have some substance. It has turned into a kind of a joke.

            1. At least he left the Two Fat Ladies alone.

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              1. re: EricMM

                As well he should. BTW, they were NOT ON last Saturday- don't tell me that the Cooking Channel has stopped showing the series, please!

              2. I like this--very funny!
                I especially agree with #3. In my opinion, Rachael Ray and Sandra Lee seem to be teaching people that cooking is a chore that should be rushed along, and cutting corners makes you clever somehow. I realize that not everyone has all the time in the world to create each meal, but if you have time to plant yourself in front of the tube for a half hour, you can probably find the time to cook properly.

                1. I think people tend to loose sight of the fact that he's paid to be a critic of things like FN.

                  DT

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                  1. re: Davwud

                    Really? Where'd you fish up that bit of conspiracy theory? Because he's paid by his publishers to produce books that sometimes contain critical remarks? Suspect Bourdain would speak his mind anyway--bucks or no bucks.

                      1. re: Davwud

                        Hardly. He's a chef/writer who's candid, OK? He could probably give two sneezes about FN and its meat puppet hosts and their shows. He has lots to say about all kinds of food-related topics and people. He never stints with praise for those he admires. Think his cynical take is baked-in, not bought.

                        1. re: Kagemusha

                          "he's paid by his publishers to produce books that sometimes contain critical remarks"

                          Your words, not mine.

                          DT

                          1. re: Davwud

                            Can't stop you from believing Tony's in the employ of dark forces bent on destroying the quivering FN. C'mon.

                            1. re: Kagemusha

                              Ya,' cause that's what he's doing. Jeez

                              DT

                              1. re: Davwud

                                The FN's onboard clowns and programmers are perfectly capable of reducing it to a smoking ruin--without Tony's quips.

                          2. re: Kagemusha

                            He gets lots of attention from the media by snarking on FN and "its meat pupper hosts." Oddly enough, they never seem to bite back at him. He's milking it for the publicity.

                            1. re: 512window

                              The fact most FN hosts are gormless twits might also explain their reticence. Bourdain's smart and verbal.

                              1. re: Kagemusha

                                I think it's interesting that he eventually ends up befriending, at least publicly, people he's trashed in the past, Emeril being the first that comes to mind. He's very publicly eaten a lot of crow for many of those past rants, and I for one find that refreshing, as opposed to taking one's pompous-ass opinion to one's grave. His description of being 'approached' by Sandra Lee at a party in his most recent memoirs is absolutely priceless. Took a lot of stones to put that part in, IMO. As much as I love him, I admit he can be a pompous turd, but having a functional wife and a daughter has given him a broader insight, which I also appreciate.