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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
This is a fab book! If you are a fan of Anthony Bourdain...and even if you aren't...you will love itPublished 1 month ago by Gail A. Farley
Fantastic fun read. He writes like he speaks and takes you on some intently fun foodie adventures. Highly recommended to anyone out there who loves food and all things that go into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew
This is a must for Bourdain fans, as it follows the epic Kitchen Confidential, and documents Anthony's initial foray into television with the series " A Cook's Tour". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael T. Dugan
Bourdain's personality and side anecdotes can't help but make one laugh. And his abridged takes on history are food for thought when examining any country's culture and politics... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gómez
Quality of book was great,minus a last name written on the last page. Other than that perfect.Published 3 months ago by Fake Name
Complete garbage. His writing is that of a self-important jerk and really enjoys that he's famous for that.
It just wasn't that good or interesting. Read more
if you love his other work and TV, you'll love this. I love his wittiness, unwillingness to conform, and potty mouth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Edward Kim
It's great to get lost in a storyteller's travels. I need to find a place that serves Haggis. It sounds deliciousPublished 6 months ago by Kathy