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No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach Paperback – 22 Oct 2007
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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
An illustrated, behind-the-scenes travel journal of the beloved chef's global adventures. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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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.
My advice? For a Bourdain fan's present, buy them the DVDs of the series.