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The idea of "perfect meal" in this context is to be taken to mean not necessarily the most upscale, chi-chi, three-star dining experience, but the ideal combination of food, atmosphere, and company. This would take in fishing villages in Vietnam, bars in Cambodia, and Tuareg camps in Morocco (roasted sheep's testicle, as it happens); it would stretch to smoked fish and sauna in the frozen Russian countryside and the French Laundry in California's Napa Valley. It would mean exquisitely refined kaiseki rituals in Japan after yakitori with drunken salarymen. Deep-fried Mars Bars in Glasgow and Gordon Ramsay in London. The still-beating heart of a cobra in Saigon. Drink. Danger. Guns. All with a TV crew in tow for the accompanying series--22 episodes of video gold, we are assured, featuring many don't-try-this-at-home shots of the author in gastric distress or crawling into yet another storm drain at four in the morning.
You are unlikely to lay your hands on a more hectically, strenuously entertaining book for some time. Our hero eats and swashbuckles round the globe with perfect-pitch attitude and liberal use of judiciously placed profanities. Bourdain can write. His timing is great. He is very funny and is under no illusions whatsoever about himself or anyone else. But most of all, he is a chef who got himself out of his kitchen and found, all over the world, people who understand that eating well is the foundation of harmonious living. --Robin Davidson, Amazon.co.uk
I read this book on a whim, I believe this author's writing syle applied to other subjects would enliven any book.
Well, Anthony Bourdain got his own Food Network show, and it is, to my lights, the most enjoyable travelogue style show they have ever done.
Bourdain is funny, caustic, and yet very articulate in this entertaining book that takes travelers around the world.
Love Anthony Bourdain. His books are well written and easy to read. Humorous and informative. I love the way he is bluntly honest in all of his books and gives a very no BS... Read morePublished 26 days ago by nm31
Anthony Bourdain. You get to read an interesting book in his voice makes it all the better. three words required.Published 2 months ago by tyler kranjac
It's all I want to do; experience Vietnam the way Tony describes it. To travel to France and enjoy the fusion of flavors that shaped the culinary arts. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jordan Blasingame
Great book for fans of Tony. If you love following him on his televised adventures, you will enjoy this. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Walt Harris
I've always been a fan of Tony's shows and his narration. His book takes it to a new level. It's more personal, and his sense of humor never fails. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carlos Hearn
I've been reading several books by Anthony Bourdain, and the one I liked best was his mystery. I spen a lot of time in the Caribbean, so I enjoyed most his mystery set there, but... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karl Eklund
This is the first book of his that I read and it started my fascination with all of his work.Published 6 months ago by Jill
I loved this book ! I thought it flowed well, was extremely interesting with terrific detail. At times, felt like you were standing next to AB and experiencing the same things....Published 6 months ago by Todd Hannel
Not among his best, but lays the groundwork for why he left the Travel Channel. Go Tony!!! Too bad he might be the only thing to watch CNN for......Published 6 months ago by Justin