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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2002

    It is Too a good book!

    Attention Barnes & Noble shoppers. If you're looking to overcome the belly fullness that came with your latest gluttonous feasting, try this. You'll never look at pork roast in the same way again. It is fascinating, funny, gorey reading. You may be inspired to swear off meat, and you will want to book a tour of Vietnam, among other far off places. If you want to read great food writing, read Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain's previous book or something by M.F.K. Fisher. If you want to read a darn good book, drop everything and get this book! I'm serious. This man is a character, an interesting, provocative, very human writer. He's out to see what life's about, by traveling to places where ancient recipes are still followed in traditional ways, by meeting locals and making friends, by experiencing disconnected moments in front of the camera, and by contemplating oneness after dragging his stuffed body to the top of a sand dune and looking at the stars. That's after he ate the much-enjoyed sheep testicle. A lot of reviewers miss the point about Bourdain. He is full of braggodoccio, yes. He is testosterone driven, maybe yes. He is also a sensitive soul, a sensualist, and an enormously evocative writer. He writes about food in a way that shows cooking and eating as the social glue of the world. In his mind it is a uniting action, something the whole world participates in. In this book, as in his glossier TV show, he makes scenes come alive. You may feel that you're there. I've come to like his voice, his thoughts. Maybe I can join the tour as a camel tender next time. I'd really like to go. In conclusion, critics be darned, read the book for fun, for an entry into someone else's interesting perceptions. IF YOU ENJOYED KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, READ THIS BOOK! P.S. In person the guy is a peach. See him talk if you can. He has limitless energy, charm and enthusiasm!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    disappointing

    Fun, brash, full of rich details -- everything Kitchen Confidential had, this is lacking. This reads like it was rushed to coincide with the TV series. If you want another Bourdain, read 'Bone in the Throat' instead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

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    Great Read!!

    Bourdain is witty, funny and somewhat compassionate when writing about other food cultures and their people. Hilarious adventures in Russia!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    A good read

    This IS a good book. Anthony does have a sassy, macho writing style but it fits the story. Granted the t.v. show upon which this book is based upon is way better only because you can actually SEE all the places, people, and food. I strongly feel that the book does capture the spirit of the show well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Truly appetizing!

    Tony Bourdain as a culinary writer who delves out books deserving of at least four stars ratings. He serves his adventures seasoned with humor and honesty, only to make the reader craving for more. If you're curious as to who in the world would ever eat that? Anthony Bourdain, the man with a steel stomach will! He makes you laugh with tears streaming out of your eyes as if you were dicing onions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    A companion to the TV series

    I loved Kitchen Confidential. I am not sure you will enjoy this book as much if you did not read the first one, nor if you have not watched the series. I like this book, but I think it missed out on all the funny parts that I liked so much on the TV show. Still, Tony is a gifted writer & it is a good read.

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