- Listen to our Amazon.com interview with Anthony Bourdain.
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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 book gave me more then I bargained for!
The premise of this book, and the TV series that it is a companion to, is for Bourdain to travel around the world looking for the perfect meal.
I really enjoyed reading this, and if Tony chooses to put himself in harm's way again, you can be sure I'll be there to read about it.
Very funny- good laughs for the soul.
Descriptions of his adventures with both people and food kept me highly entertained.
As a Foodie, enjoyed reading about food exploits but found the prose to be awkward at times.Published 27 days ago by Picky Shopper
Very fun and interesting. I kind of read the books out of order so some of these adventures I have read the later versions of. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Koue
I have read most of Bourdains books, this is a good read although not one of my favs.Published 1 month ago by SJF
this will be christmas gift, arrived all right. i would have downgraded condition to good as had name written in front, but otherwise okay. arrived promptly.Published 1 month ago by g y