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

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Bloomsbury, 2002 - Cooking - 288 pages
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Anthony Bourdain, life-long line cook and bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential, sets off to eat his way around the world. But being Anthony Bourdain, this was never going to be a conventional culinary tour. Bourdain heads out to Saigon where he eats the still-beating heart of a live cobra, and 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 northern Portugal, the Basque All Male Gastronomique Society in Saint Sebastian, 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 first ate an oyster as a child. Written with the inimitable machismo and humour that has made Tony Bourdain such a sensation, A Cook's Touris an adventure story sure to give you indigestion.

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User Review  - cissa - LibraryThing

I liked this book a lot better than I expected to, having encountered Bourdain a few times on TV and when reading interviews. I am not fond of enfants terribile in general, and Bourdain is old enough ... Read full review

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User Review  - Noonecanstop - LibraryThing

Very well written. Bourdain takes you through his search for the perfect meal while making his first TV show. You see here what they didn't put in the show and how he truly feels about the food he is encountering, all the while your mouth waters and sometimes your stomach gurgles. 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 BONE IN THE THROAT and one work of non fiction, KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL.

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