Monday, August 22, 2005
two fat chicks and a microphone
After reading Anthony Bourdain's book Kitchen Confidential, I had written him off as a total sellout, partly because of his declaration in the last pages of that book that Japanese sushi was the finest cuisine he had ever had, and partly because of his refusal to try dog meat when he visited Seoul, this from a man who professes that there is no food he will not try. What a wuss. So it was only out of reluctant curiosity that I watched his new show "No Reservations" where he travels the world in search of new culinary adventures. In this particular episode shot in France, he goes into cliched hyperbole about French cuisine being the greatest in the world. Yawn. Though I admit the food looked damn good. But just as I was about to change the channel, Bourdain looks directly into the camera and exclaimed that he was so cold that what he really needed was "a cup of hot chocolate and two fat chicks." Now that's funny. With that single line he has won me back, currying my favor, revealing his deliciously raw side that you don't see from most food critics. This is food porn at its best. Uncensored and straight from the heart.
Posted by babibi at 3:09 PM