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No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomachby Anthony Bourdain
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No Reservations is Bourdain's fully illustrated journal of his far-flung travels throughout the world. The book traces his trips from New Zealand to New Jersey and everywhere in between, mixing beautiful, never-before-seen photos and oddball mementoes with Bourdain's hilarious and outrageous tales of what really happens when you give a bad-boy chef an open ticket to the world. Want to know where to get good fatty crab in Rangoon? How to order your reindeer medium rare? How to tell a Frenchman that his baguette is invading your personal space? This is your book. With his trademark wit and soulful charm, Bourdain takes readers with him on a hell-for-leather world tour, eating, drinking, hazing his producers, and generally getting in and out of international trouble. For any of Bourdain's growing army of rabid fans, this is an indispensable opportunity to hit the road with the man himself.
"The in-your-face, hard-boiled chef Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential) delivers another entertaining look at the best and worst places around the world in which to eat. While the book shares a title with Bourdain's popular television show, it achieves its author's goal of not being 'some cynical, cheap-ass 'companion' book to the series' featuring 'a bunch of blurry photos taken from the show.' The book chronicles his last three years globe-trotting — 'a continuing journey of 200,000 miles' — as he's accompanied by a film crew whose 'disturbing eccentricities' make up his 'new dysfunctional family' with whom he shares his many adventures. The bulk of the book consists of beautifully composed photos of Bourdain's travels, 'an honest and direct recording of the way life is lived in the rest of the world.' But Bourdain also provides many of his always incisive and entertaining observations, ranging from short takes on Singapore ('one of the most food-centric, food-obsessed, food-crazy cultures on earth') and Iceland ('The notoriously stinky fermented shark was, in fact, the second worst thing I've ever put in my mouth') to longer looks at Beirut, cooks and 'Bathrooms Around the World' (worst country for bathrooms: Uzbekistan)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Bourdain is 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
"In addition to being an authority on kitchen scandals, Bourdain is now an expert eater, top-notch journalist, storied cultural ambassador and professional airline passenger. He' s the rebel outsider with insider access." Playboy
An illustrated, behind-the-scenes travel journal of Anthony Bourdain's global adventures.
More than just a companion to the hugely popular show, No Reservations is Bourdain's fully illustrated journal of his far-flung travels. The book traces his trips from New Zealand to New Jersey and everywhere in between, mixing beautiful, never-before-seen photos and mementos with Bourdain's outrageous commentary on what really happens when you give a bad-boy chef an open ticket to the world. Want to know where to get good fatty crab in Rangoon? How to order your reindeer medium rare? How to tell a Frenchman that his baguette is invading your personal space? This is your book. For any Bourdain fan, this is an indispensable opportunity to hit the road with the man himself.
"No Reservations" mixes beautiful, never-before-seen color photographs with outrageous tales of eating, drinking, and getting into and out of international trouble from bad-boy chef Anthony Bourdain.
About the Author
Anthony Bourdain is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour, Les Halles Cookbook, and The Nasty Bits. A thirty-year veteran of professional kitchens, he is the host of No Reservations on the Travel Channel (beginning its fourth season in August 2007), and the executive chef at Les Halles in Manhattan. He lives in New York City.
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