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Bourdain's anal obsession

We like Tony's shows, and the first few jokes about becoming a human bottle rocket after eating questionable street food were pretty funny. However, with the various obscure mentions of things like "Cleveland steamer", "upper-decker", "felching", etc. (which we had to look up on the net, and were sorry we did), it seems like he's getting a bit carried away with the scatological references. Oh, and who could forget the warthog rectum episode?

On his new show he chose to inform us while in the cab from the airport, that he hoped to get to the hotel soon because he needed to "download the brown file". TMI, just maybe?

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  1. I didn't know what felching meant either - had to look it up. How did he work that word into his show?

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    1. re: Worldwide Diner

      It scares me that Bourdain even knows the word. I had to look it up too. Eeeeew!!!!

      1. re: Midlife

        My guess is that most professional cooks of Bourdain's era are experts in profanity, obscure anatomy, and scatology in particular.

        1. re: Midlife

          Its part of "popular" culture, although somewhat specialized...at least he hasn't touched on "chili dog diet' yet...

          1. re: Midlife

            Really? you didn't know, I agree Eeeew!!! But i'm 46 and straight and I knew

          1. I could do without the scatological references, but it's not as if Bourdain makes them constantly. I remember his claim in the San Francisco episode that he had come to the farmer's market at the Ferry Building prepared to deposit a "sizable and snarktastic Cleveland Steamer" on the scene -- but that the quality of the free food samples and the general niceness of the people changed his mind.

            Don't I recall that he strongly disliked the warthog rectum and ate it just to avoid being rude?

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            1. re: Kenji

              Yeah he had no fun at all with the warthog rectum. Wasn't that also the group who fed him ashy/dirt-flecked ostrich egg cooked directly on the embers of the fire? Can't imagine choking both of those down.

              I see it as 1) you eat for a living, you poop for a living and 2) part of his need to be constantly OTT and edgy. I haven't really noticed an obsession, but I also haven't watched the more recent seasons. Maybe it's gotten worse?

              1. re: babette feasts

                Or maybe not everyone is paying (obsessive) attention to any anal references '-)

                1. re: babette feasts

                  Yes, the ostrich egg omelette (cooked for a seeming eternity directly on ash) was in the same episode (Namibia?) as the warthog rectum. They ate beetles in the show as well, which AB seemed to genuinely prefer to the aforementioned delectables.

                  Bourdain claimed the warthog part was the worst meal of his life, though he's said that about various things.

                  1. re: Kenji

                    I seem to recall that the egg was cooked for about an hour. On both ash AND soil. Both of which were embedded in every bit of the egg. Blleeechhh!!! Why can't they cook the thing in the shell or something? I don't care how traditional your culture -- dirt doesn't taste good.

                    1. re: davis_sq_pro

                      I think they scrambled the egg in the shell before turning it into a petrified dirt omelette.

                      1. re: davis_sq_pro

                        However, dirt can be an important source of minerals that may be otherwise missing in the diet.

                2. In the recent Rome episode of the Layover, Tony has an extended rant that ends in recommending that you bring your own TP with you when you travel. I thought it was a little odd when I heard it, but I did laugh when I saw this post.

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                  1. re: pamf

                    For some reason, Italy does generally have really crummy TP; kind of goes with those aweful toilets you find in parts of the country. A hole with a place for each of your feet on the sides. Yech!

                    I never understand either of those things, what with the refined culture, food, and everyone looks so put together - then the bathrooms can be like that.
                    I'm with Tony on this one!

                    1. re: pamf

                      Carrying around a roll of toilet paper is just common sense in a lot of the countries he visits.

                    2. It's always worked for Howard Stern ! ;o]