The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 10, 2008 - Cooking - 304 pages
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New York Times Bestseller

The good, the bad, and the ugly, served up Bourdain-style.

Bestselling chef and No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain has never been one to pull punches. In The Nasty Bits, he serves up a well-seasoned hellbroth of candid, often outrageous stories from his worldwide misadventures. Whether scrounging for eel in the backstreets of Hanoi, revealing what you didn't want to know about the more unglamorous aspects of making television, calling for the head of raw food activist Woody Harrelson, or confessing to lobster-killing guilt, Bourdain is as entertaining as ever. Bringing together the best of his previously uncollected nonfiction--and including new, never-before-published material--The Nasty Bits is a rude, funny, brutal and passionate stew for fans and the uninitiated alike. Anthony Bourdain is the author of seven books including the bestselling Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour. A thirty-year veteran of professional kitchens, he is the host of No Reservations on the Discovery Channel, and the executive chef at Les Halles in Manhattan. He lives in New York City.

Praise for Anthony Bourdain: "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

"[Writes] the kind of book you read in one sitting, then rush about annoying your coworkers by declaiming whole passages."--USA Today

"Bourdain's prose is utterly riveting, swaggering with stylish machismo and a precise ear for kitchen patois."--New York magazine
 

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User Review  - amelish - LibraryThing

"The Nasty Bits" is a collection of random pieces Anthony Bourdain has done here and there for magazines and newspapers and friends' blogs and the like. The articles and essays are organized by tone ... Read full review

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First let me be clear that my opinion about anything Anthony Bourdain is biased.I love his travel-cooking shows and will fight to control the remote,even to see the reruns.So as I read the book I ... Read full review

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Contents

System D
3
The Evildoers
12
A Commencement Address Nobody Asked For
18
Food and Loathing in Las Vegas
22
Are You a Crip or a Blood?
37
Viva Mexico Viva Ecuador
42
Counter Culture
47
A Life of Crime
55
Madness in Crescent City
140
A View from the Fridge
143
Notes from the Road
149
The Dive
154
BITTER
161
A Drinking Problem
163
Culinary Muse
166
Is Anybody Home?
171

Advanced Courses
64
SWEET
67
Name Dropping Down Under
69
My Manhattan
75
Hardcore
81
When the Cookings Over Turn Out the Lights Turn Out the Lights
86
The Cooks Companions
95
China Syndrome
102
No Shoes
106
The Love Boat
109
SOUR
123
Is Celebrity Killing the Great Chefs?
125
What You Didnt Want to Know About Making Food Television
131
Warning Signs
136
Bottoming Out
176
Food Terrorists
179
Sleaze Gone By
183
UMAMI
189
Pure and Uncut Luxury
191
The Hungary American
195
Decoding Ferran Adria
203
Brazilian BeachBlanket Bingo
211
The Old Good Stuff
224
Die Die Must Try
231
TASTE OF FICTION
239
A Chefs Christmas
241
Commentary
271
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Anthony Bourdain is the author of seven books, including the bestselling Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour. A thirty-year veteran of professional kitchens, he is the host of the television series No Reservations and the executive chef at Les Halles in Manhattan. He lives in New York City.

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