It's true that I love Anthony Bourdain, so I'm probably not able to provide an unbiased review of this book....but it was really a fascinating glimpse into the food and dining "rituals" in a variety of cultures. Bourdain will go to any length and seemingly try anything at least once, and his lust for life and appreciation of good food and good people is pretty amazing. I have to admit there were a few pages that I had to skip because he does not shy away from some touchy descriptions of food preparation, including slaughter, but the book is an eye-opener. If you are a foodie, you really need to read this!
After listening to his reading of his first book (Kitchen Confidential), I was excited to read this one. I wasn't disappointed either. Very enjoyable. A good book to read when you don't have large chunks of time to devote as it is broken up into smaller stories.
I enjoyed reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Being a "foodie" and I had watched all of Anthony Bourdain"s shows made the book even more interesting. He really "tells it like it is" in a professional kitchen. :-)
Bourdain's books are books I do not share, do not exchange and reread when I can. He is a wonderful, open writer. His sense of humor is terrific and his language, while a bit salty, does not offend. In fact, it adds to the writing.
Yes, "A Cook's Tour" is a keeper and is fascinating. We have traveled to many countries and since we are both foodies and I am a very serious cook, food is always a major subject of interest to us.
(I once sent an order of chicken soup back to the kitchen in China because the soup was jet black with several noodle-looking things hanging from a foot. I was shocked and a bit disgusted to tell the truth. It was several years and 14 more trips to China later when I accidently discovered that it had come from a special jet black chicken and was supposed to be especially healthy. I'm a bit sorry now that I never tasted it.)
Bourdain shares some of his wonderful, interesting experiences and you may find yourself canceling appointments, putting off the dusting and washing to just keep reading. His writing certainly holds your attention. By all means, check it out.
Companion book to the Food Network series where Bourdain travels the world in search of good food- however in the book Tony can slip in all the more snarkier asides that weren't fit to be aired on TV! Great read but sometimes not for the more faint of heart.
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I loved this book! Bourdain writes about food and people the way he sees, tastes and experiences them all. Sometimes he is a little hardcore, but honest and truthful. He doe'nt mince words and gives you the straight facts. I am not a fan of organ meats, but it made think I would try it!! This book made want to go to all those little villages on the river in the jungle just for the experience! Bourdain rocks!!!
I picked this book up on a whim, thinking that no way can I like Anthony Bourdain any more than I do watching him on TV. I was wrong. This book is chock full of gastric adventures, and Bourdain's straightforward writing style, well, he writes like he speaks, and it's great! This book is pretty much a collection of most of the shows I've seen, but you get Tony's insight and deeper thoughts on the whole process. This guy is a cynic, and he's a hardass, but you get to see a deeper level of him in this book.
It's laugh out loud funny at times, his descriptions of some of the awful hotels he's had to stay in, how he felt having to dress in a traditional Japanese outfit or the way some people set him off are rib tickling. At other times, the despair, the poverty, the absolute human suffering paints a bleak picture.
But while he's on the road to a perfect meal, he never forgets, or let you forget, that not everyone lives in a perfect bubble of clean water, or food, or homes, those basics of life we take for granted.
I wish there were pictures, of the food, of the places he so richly describes. It's a wonderful book.