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Feb 22, 2012 05:30 PM

Bourdain [moved from Houston]

I've never watched any of his shows and actually don't know much about him or know other people's opinion of him but this just set me off. I can promise I will not be watching anything of his ever after reading this. If loving food makes you a nerd in his book then I guess he's Grand Master Nerd. I just never associated a love of food with being a nerd. I guess everyone in Louisiana south of Alexandria is a nerd too - lol. And the next time someone posts they had the best so-and-so in ???, I'll think it's him.

Bourdain's slightly more rascally approach? Invoke "nerd fury." Hit up any message board with an active international or travel community, and rather than simply asking them for advice, outright lie to them.

Get online and write something along the lines of, "hey guys, I just had the absolute best chicken rice at [restaurant x] in Singapore, no questions asked, hands down, everything else pales in comparison," then sit back and enjoy the show as the internet foodie elite each jump into the fray to defend their own picks to the death. You'll get a much bigger response, more passionate praise, and it'll probably end up being a little fun to boot.

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  1. Actually the next time I see someone post as if they've taken his advice, I'm going to make up a bunch of garbage in a reply to them. Checking the responses to his article, it seems a number of people are going to use that idea.

    1. I watch his show and have read several of his books, that said, my impression is the dude has bad karma, very bad.

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      1. Bourdain is in the business of being provocative, so this fits right in. It doesn't make any difference to me, because I have never been inclined to get restaurant advice from strangers, anyway, except in an occasional one-on-one exchange. I'd rather smoke places out myself and take my chances. If anything, the fact that everybody is touting someplace is a reason for me to avoid it.

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        1. re: GH1618

          It's not even that provocative. Not everyone considers being a 'nerd' a terrible thing. By Bourdain's standards, 'nerd' isn't much of a put-down. It comes off as downright affectionate, coming from him.

          Bourdain used to post on CH sometime around 2000. I've seen the occasional old post by him.

        2. he's referring to people on message boards as nerds. is that a mischaracterisation?

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          1. re: BarackHObama

            I don't think "nerd" is a particularly helpful descriptive term. But I suppose it's no worse a mischaracterization than falsely claiming to be POTUS.

          2. Dude, relax. Bourdain is sacastic and "no offense", but what is wrong with being a food nerd? I am one and so aré most people on this site. His idea has merit and probably does get better responses than general queries for recs. Do yourself a favor and read some of his short stories or books.

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            1. re: bamagirl30

              yeah, he actually did a bit of a shoutout to Chowhound in one of his books...a place to find knowledgeable food nerds, IIRC