mytulpa (mytulpa) wrote in katarsisglace,

Now this author/chef has been drawn to my attention by AK I must find out/read more....

Anthony Michael Bourdain (born June 25, 1956 in New York City) is an American author and executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles in New York City. His love of food began at a young age, during a trip to France with his family. He was on an oyster fisherman's boat and tried his first oyster; ever since, he has traveled the world in search of food good and bad, and has shared his results with a fascinated public.

Bourdain gained popularity from his New York Times bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Anthony Bourdain is somewhat of a legend in the working class of cooks. Kitchen Confidential exposes the darker side of the culinary world. Bourdain has written other books including Gone Bamboo, Bone in the Throat, Typhoid Mary (An Urban Historical), Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook, and A Cook's Tour which was made in conjunction with a TV series of the same name on the Food Network.

In July 2005, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations premiered on the Travel Channel. He is the executive chef at Les Halles, a French brasserie in New York City. He is a noted fan of chefs Eric Ripert, Scott Bryan, and Thomas Keller, while he has been critical of celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray.

Among his many epicurean exploits, Bourdain is famous for consuming lamb testicles in North Africa, ant eggs in Puebla, Mexico, and a whole cobra — beating heart, blood, bile and meat — in Vietnam. On September 19, 2005, a sitcom adaptation of Kitchen Confidential premiered on the FOX Network. The character Jack Bourdain is based loosely on the biography and persona of Anthony Bourdain.

Kitchen Confidential|Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, ISBN 158234082X
Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal, ISBN 1582341400
Gone Bamboo, ISBN 1582341036
Bone in the Throat, ISBN 1582341028
Typhoid Mary (An Urban Historical), ISBN 1582341338
Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook, ISBN 158234180X
The Bobby Gold Stories, ISBN 1582342334
The Nasty Bits, ISBN 1582344515

(from Wikipedia)

'Kitchen Confidential' sounds like a good place to start..
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Kitchen Confidential is FANTASTIC. I love that book. A Cook's Tour is pretty good, too. I haven't read any of his other books, but I've seen some episodes of the Cook's Tour and No Reservations TV shows, and they were pretty interesting. Bourdain's got a wicked sense of humor.

Also, you know how some of Alex's Soundbites columns make folks go "eeeewwwwww"? Bourdain's like that, so be prepared if you're squeamish.
Sounds good to me!
Do any of his TV shows air in the UK? I'm wondering how I've never heard of him before.
Hmm...I poked around on Google a bit, and it looks like A Cook's Tour airs on UKTV Food and No Reservations is on Travel and Living.
"Kitchen Confidential is FANTASTIC."

I second that ^^

It is a great book. But that's the only one I've ever read by Bourdain.
It's funny when it happens that first you've been unaware of something and then it suddenly seems to be everywhere. That actually happened to me with Franz, too, so I don't mind it. I've been hearing tiny Bourdain-related things for several weeks now - maybe someone's trying to make a point somewhere.

I will definitely try and find some time to read Bourdain although that sounds like a mission impossible. I really hate it when I'm all busy and have no time for things like reading, writing and drawing. It makes me feel like such a bad person, a total failure as a human being.
I just finished "A Cook's Tour" for my book club. It fit in so well with the Sounndbites column so I was really excited when I saw this week's column hearing that Alex was eating at Bourdain's restaurant.

I've heard great things about "Kitchen Confidential" as well, so I think I shall check that out! But I think I'll pass on his un-foodie books.