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May 2007 Selection: A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal
By: Anthony Bourdain
Copyright: 2001


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About the Book:

The only thing Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling, and A Cook's Tour is the shot-gun marriage of his two greatest passions. Inspired by the question "What would be the perfect meal?", Tony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail.

In A Cook's Tour, the adventurous chef crisscrosses the world sampling local delicacies from the sublime to the bizarre. In Japan, he eats traditional Fugu, a poisonous blowfish that can be prepared only by specially licensed chefs. He travels to Cambodia, up the mine-studded road to Pailin into autonomous Khmer Rouge territory and to Phnom Penh's Gun Club, where local fare is served up alongside a menu of available sidearms. In Saigon, he's treated to a sustaining meal of live cobra heart before moving on to saver a snack with the Viet Cong in the Mekong Delta.

Further west, an entire Portuguese village has been fattening a big for months in anticipation of his arrival. Kitchen Confidential fans will recognize the Gironde of Tony's youth in a moving personal journey to France -- with his brother, he revisits the tiny fishing village where he sampled his first oyster forty years ago. To Moscow and London, the Sahara and Mexico, to the lochs of Scotland and back home again, Bourdain's itinerary touches every corner of the globe.

Throughout his travels, Bourdain discovers again and again the importance of community, of kinship, and the power of food to bring people together. Written with Bourdain's characteristic bite and bravado, A Cook's Tour chronicles the unpredictable and tantalizing adventures and misadventures of America's favorite chef.

Related Web sites:

The Official Anthony Bourdain web site

Anthony Bourdain page on Wikipedia

Food Network site for the TV version of this book


If You Like A Cook's Tour, Try:

Kitchen Confidential
By: Anthony Bourdain. 2000.

Heat
By: Bill Buford. 2006.

Don't Try This at Home
By: Kimberly Witherspoon. 2005.

How I Learned to Cook
By: Kimberly Witherspoon. 2006.

Bone in the Throat
By: Anthony Bourdain. 2000.


A Cook's Tour Reader Comments:

While Bourdain's rather abrasive personality flavors his books, the subject matter, and his obvious enthusiasm for the topic, definitely shine through...making for compelling reading. I particularly enjoyed A Cook's Tour.

-- Stephanie M.
patron of Gere Branch Library
Customer Review Score - 8

I am a big Bourdain fan ! All his books are worth reading, though I agree with the previous post that his personality can be off-putting. I think his Food Network show, "No Reservations" gives a better sense of how he is than his writing. It's obvious that he's just passionate about food, both cooking and eating it. I like his tag line (paraphrasing) "If I tell you something is good, then it's good. If I tell you something sucks, then it sucks". That sums up both his writing style and his show in a nutshell. Also loved him as a judge on "Top Chef".

-- Maribel D.
patron of South Branch Library
Customer Review Score - 7

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