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No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach Paperback – 22 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 01 edition (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747594120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747594123
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 2.2 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Bourdain's enthusiasm is so intense that it practically explodes off the page...Bourdain shows himself to be one of the country's best food writers. His opinions are as strong as his language, and his tastes as infectious as his joy.' New York Times Book Review 'I've spent far too much time this year reading kitchen books. One that I particularly enjoyed was Anthony Bourdain's collection, The Nasty Bits, especially his commentaries on his own essays in which he tends to say: "I think I had my head up my ass when I wrote this thing"' Monica Ali 'Bawdy, bolshy and bursting with energy.' The Daily Mail on A COOK'S TOUR 'Fantastic: as lip-smackingly seductive as a bowl of fat chips and pungent aioli' The Daily Telegraph on KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

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An illustrated, behind-the-scenes travel journal of the beloved chef's global adventures. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Paperback
Anthony Bourdain has produced some wonderful television programmes aimed out the outer fringes of culinary experience. The sort of person whose idea of a travel guide is showing a meal of snake bile and wichity grub.

When I got this book I had hoped for more of the same. What we actually have is largely a collection of photos of his travels around the world while making his programmes accompanied by a short text telling us how wonderful the people were. Very little about food, in fact very little about anything. Now Anthony Bourdain admits that his journeys are not a real quest in search of the ideal meal or anything so ideallistic. Rather they are a foodies journey to collect as much bragging power as possible when he wants to gross someone out about worst meals possible (while of course collecting a few very good meals en route).

To be fair in the introduction he admits that he was not trying, as so many TV tie ins do, to just reproduce the original programme. However what we are left with is little more than his holiday snaps. It's not large enough and glossy enough to be a coffee table book, it's not detailed enough to be a travelogue, it doesn't reproduce the programme well enough to be a foodie book. If you want a TV tie in buy some DVDs, if you want a travel book buy some rough guides and if you want a book on food then Anthony Bourdain has written some far better books than this.
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This is a coffee-table picture book, rather than the next proper Bourdain book. It seems to have been cobbled together in time for the Christmas season. The photos are excellent, though, but if you have seen the TV shows, you've probably seen most of this already.
My advice? For a Bourdain fan's present, buy them the DVDs of the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice pictures, nothing new 28 Dec. 2007
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A nice coffee table book. Lovely photos accompany small bits of text describing the locations visited in the creation of No Reservations. If you've seen the show, there will be little new information in this book. Some places move the author to describe behind-scenes activity, to give background information, or to share his frank opinion of the experience or locale. Mostly, the pictures tell the story. If you like picture books, you'll like this book. If you prefer to actually read a book for its content, you'll want to choose another.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bourdain fans, this is a picture book. 22 July 2013
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I bought this book expecting some photos and a lot of Bourdain's deliciously profane writing, but it's the other way around. It's mainly a collection of photographical highlights of the No Reservations series. The photos are well-chosen and thoughtfully presented; just be aware of what the book really is.
5.0 out of 5 stars In depth view. 9 Jan. 2017
By Rachael Durkin - Published on
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Beautiful book, great pictures.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It was not what I expected. There's more photos ... 24 Oct. 2014
By Guillermo CR - Published on
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It was not what I expected. There's more photos and comments about the people and the places instead of the food.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 21 Oct. 2016
By Janet l - Published on
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not what I thought it would be
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