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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596914475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596914476
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bourdain is 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
 
“In addition to being an authority on kitchen scandals, Bourdain is now an expert eater, top-notch journalist, storied cultural ambassador and professional airline passenger. He’s the rebel outsider with insider access.”—Playboy
 
“[Bourdain writes] the kind of book you read in one sitting, then rush about annoying your coworkers by declaiming whole passages.”—New York magazine
 
" Zany antics aside, No Reservations amply reflects Bourdain’s search for the heart and soul of humanity—and, of course, the ultimate roast pig."—BookPage
 
"More than leftovers of his show (now in its fourth season), this is a fresh, satisfying meal...with lavish new photos and commentary."—Booklist
 
"delivers another entertaining look at the best and worst places around the world in which to eat... Bourdain also provides many of his always incisive and entertaining observations"—Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

Anthony Bourdain is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour, Les Halles Cookbook, and The Nasty Bits. A thirty-year veteran of professional kitchens, he is the host of No Reservations on the Travel Channel (beginning its fourth season in August 2007), and the executive chef at Les Halles in Manhattan. He lives in New York City.

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Chef, author, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, daringly consuming some of the world's most exotic dishes on his hit TV shows Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. Somewhat notoriously, he has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates, as he is evangelical about his passions.

The "chef-at-large" at New York's famed Brasserie Les Halles, Bourdain is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a candid, hysterical, and sometimes shocking portrait of life in restaurant kitchens that has been translated into more than 28 languages - as well as the travel journal, A Cook's Tour, 3 crime novels, a cookbook, a biography of Typhoid Mary, the bestselling graphic novel Get JIRO!, and others.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times of London, Bon Appetit, Gourmet and many other publications. He has shared his insights about team building and crisis management with the Harvard Business Review. He has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning and Nightline, and has been a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman, Morning Joe, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Bourdain joined the writing staff of HBO's Treme in 2011, contributing to the popular drama's restaurant storylines. He recently launched his own publishing line with Ecco, Anthony Bourdain Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. His first titles will be released in early 2013.

No Reservations, widely popular all over the world, has won two Emmy Awards, with several other nominations. 2013 will see the premiere of two new television shows hosted by Bourdain: The Taste, a cooking competition series for ABC with Nigella Lawson, and a travel docu-series for CNN.

Customer Reviews

Nice pictures, but only pictures nonetheless.
Heather S.
Most of all, maybe you too will find a few places in here that you want to try for yourself in the future.
Rebecca Huston
I bought this book as a gift for my grown son; he loves the TV show so I know he will love this gift.
Jeanne K. Chadee

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I too thought that this book would be more in the vein of Anthony Bourdain's written works such as Kitchen Confidential etc, but it really is a companion edition to his Travel Channel show No Reservations. Think of it as a kind of scrapbook containing lots of pictures of the places Tony and his crew have travelled to, covering aspects of how the show was put together, and witty captions for the pictures. Bourdain's acerbic wit is reflected here, and I only wished there was more of it.

All in all, a worthwhile addition for fans of No Reservations, but if you're mainly a fan of his written works, then you may want to give this one a miss.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Huston on October 30, 2007
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I've been discovering that the more I learn about food and travel, the more I want to learn about it. Somehow, there is a part of my brain that just clicks into action when I get the opportunity to do either, and preferably, both at the same time. So when I hear, and better yet get my hands on, anything new by ranconteur and outlaw, Anthony Bourdain, everything gets tossed aside until I can indulge in his latest adventures.

No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach, is his latest accounting of the strange and wonderful in the world around us. At first I thought it was going to be just another version of his splendid series of the same name on the Travel Channel. Happily, I was going to be surprised.

This time, we are treated to an opulently illustrated and photographed look at Bourdain as he wends his way through five continents and many countries. Some of the places he went to would prove to surprise him, and full of colour and vibrancy, others were the last stop before hell, and one in particular would shake him up. Each place is accompanied by a short essay and captioned pictures, and while he doesn't mention everywhere he's been in the series so far, what he does include has a point to it.

In addition to these travelouges, the reader gets to meet the hardworking and at times, suffering crew, that is with Bourdain on his crazed travels. Too, there are insights as to what is going on behind the scenes -- as when the episode is going rotten and there's nothing to stop it. Such as Iceland and Sweden, which are, bluntly, boring as hell and not much to do there besides get blasted out of one's skull. Or Namibia, one of the most awful places on Earth.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a big fan of Anthony Bourdain's writing, in particular of A Cook's Tour, I thought I'd check this book out. First thing I noticed, it's mostly pictures. Nice pictures in general, some of them are pretty creative, but for the most part it's just pictures of the food show traveling around the world. Got to give them props for going everywhere, it looks like they hit every continent except Antartica. They did some impressive travelling.

However, this isn't A Cook's Tour, where the author's impressions of the food and the country are foremost. Here, it's several pages of pictures of food and scenery, Iceland for example, and maybe half a page noting that Iceland can be a dull place. Think National Geographic with more pictures, fewer words and less insight.

(Note to author - We get it aleady, you don't like Rachel Ray. Geez.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Long on November 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're a fan of Anthony Bourdain's previous books, (Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour, and The Nasty Bits) you may be disappointed in this recent release. It is more of a companion to his Travel Channel series, "No Reservations," than it is another chapter in his chronicle of food around the world. More picturesque than anything, the book does provide first-hand insight into the production of the show, including the Beirut episode. But for fans who have read his previous works, you'll find most of the same stories and locations here. That said, it is still worth adding to your collection, but only as a supplement instead of a featured title.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maryann on December 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read Bourdain for his `in your face' humor and poignant insight. Although this book did have all the Bourdainisms I love so much, it was incredibly short on prose. I wanted to read Bourdain, not see him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Szanto on January 16, 2010
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I am a big fan of Anthony Bourdain's, but this book was very disappointing. It had none of his edgy style or witty commentary - which is his hallmark as a writer. There's virtually no insight into behind the scenes drama. It's nothing like Cooks Tour, which is what I was expecting.
I suspect that this is something that the Travel Channel cooked up to make a buck.
If you want pretty pictures, then this is the book for you. It's a drab book with great pictures. But for a Bourdain fan, it is seriously lacking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on December 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lush pictures and snappy commentary make up the book version of "No Reservations." The edition is suitable for coffee table status. For those who are not watchers of the show, the book may have less appeal. It is mostly a picture-book travelogue.

What you have in the narrative is classic Bourdain - funny, profane, thoughtful and resilient. The pictures evoke some of the emotions of the TV series. The sweat-lodge "massage" scene from Uzbekistan is hilarious, (even if it was not so for Bourdain.) The stint in Iceland was a hoot. The moodiness of Borneo evoked. Bourdain is an ectomorphic pencil-necked geek but he can flat-out write as well as he can cook.

Still, he cannot resist taking tweaking snide shots at other TV food celebs like Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, etc.

Dude - get over it! They are successes too, without the nicotine Jones or the heroin habit history. Yes, yes Tony, we know you're hipper than thou, we just don't need it shoved in our face - or in the faces of other Food Channel chefs again and again and ....Other TV chefs are as popular and well-known (or more so) than you but I don't see them throwing darts your way, not that they couldn't. What have they done to you? Did one of their production crew kick sand in your face at the beach? Hide your man-purse? What? What?? (Why be catty toward those folks when you have fish-in-the-barrel targets like, say, Rocco DeSpirito?)

I also think I'll pass on any notion to serve up Namibian warthog for my next barbeque idea... at least not before stocking up on a medicine chest full of antibiotics.

Withal, though, I urge you to savor the show for its delicious insights and - if it's to your taste - reserve your own copy of "No Reservations."
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