A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal

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Bloomsbury, 2002 - Cooking - 288 pages
Inspired by Apocalypse Now, Bourdain heads out to Saigon where he eats the still-beating heart of a live cobra (washed down with its blood), and then into Cambodia, the Heart of Darkness, where he travels deep into landmined Khmer Rouge territory to find the rumoured Wild West of Cambodia (Pailin). Other stops include dining with gangsters in Russia, a medieval pig slaughter and feast in Portugal, the Basque All Male Gastronomique Society in St Sebastian, paladars in Cuba, rural Mexico with his Mexican sous-chef, a pilgrimage to the French Laundry in the Napa Valley and a return to his roots in the tiny fishing village of La Teste, where he ate his first oyster as a child. This is an adventure story sure to give you indigestion...

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User Review  - traumleben - LibraryThing

Bourdain writes just as he delivers his monologues on his TV shows, no BS, gets straight to the point, says what he feels in his gut. The book is a series of vignettes, bouncing around the world in ... Read full review

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User Review  - JBreedlove - LibraryThing

A pleasant surprise. He writes like he speaks on his shows. Insightful if over the top on a few subjects (vegetarians, Vietnam War, cook from San Francisco) he had a great grasp of where he was and very very humorous. Look forward to reading more of his books. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Anthony Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City. He is also the author of two novels Gone Bamboo and A Bone in the Throat, and one work of non-fiction, the bestselling Kitchen Confidential.

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