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A Cook's Tour
A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal | Anthony Bourdain
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Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outside a Russian bath, Chef Bourdain travels the world over in search of the ultimate meal. The only thing Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling, and A Cook's Tour is the shotgun marriage of his two greatest passions. Inspired by the question, 'What would be the perfect meal?', Anthony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail. Our adventurous chef starts out in Japan, where he eats traditional Fugu, a poisonous blowfish which can be prepared only by specially licensed chefs. He then 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 firearms. In Saigon, he's treated to a sustaining meal of live Cobra heart before moving on to savor a snack with the Viet Cong in the Mecong Delta. Further west, Kitchen Confidential fans will recognize the Gironde of Tony's youth, the first stop on his European itinerary. And from France, it's on to Portugal, where an entire village has been fattening a pig for months in anticipation of his arrival. And we're only halfway around the globe. . . A Cook's Tour recounts, in Bourdain's inimitable style, the adventures and misadventures of America's favorite chef.
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madamereadsalot1
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Jas16
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Definitely my favorite food-related book on my shelves.

#24in48

JenReadsAlot I'm watching Parts Unknown right now. 10mo
Stephaniereads1 It‘s signed amazing!!!! I listed Kitchen Confidential. 10mo
Jas16 @JenReadsAlot I want to start watching the episodes I haven‘t seen yet. soon. 10mo
Jas16 @Stephaniereads1 I actually haven‘t read Kitchen Confidential which seems crazy to me. I need to go change that. 10mo
Stephaniereads1 Yes! 10mo
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8little_paws
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Yep, me too.

Faibka I actually have a carved Mexican chess set, I hope it‘s not actually made in Taiwan, lol 1y
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Anovelobsession
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Happy National Book Lovers Day! Or in Hemingway‘s case, National Bookmark Lover‘s Day...he loves bookmarks!

Susanita Cat Day followed by Book Lovers Day. Coincidence? I think not! 1y
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Anovelobsession
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Leaving Alaska and flying home for good. My husband had a mild heart attack this weekend and he is doing well but I need to go take care of him for awhile! He‘s doing well enough that he sent our daughter back to the house to get his book! So nothing is holding my attention right now but this is accompanying me on the long flight back...

callielafleur Oh my goodness! That sounds very stressful. I hope he feels better! ❤️ 1y
JacqMac I hope he recovers well. Safe travels. 1y
LeahBergen Oh no! Hugs to you. 1y
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Librarybelle Hope he feels better soon! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Take care of yourself and hubby! 1y
Wife 🌹 1y
xicanti That's scary! I'm glad he's doing okay now and I hope he makes a full recovery quickly. 1y
MicheleinPhilly I‘m glad he is doing well. Sending positive thoughts to all of you. ❤️ 1y
CouronneDhiver I‘m so sorry... that must be very scary! 1y
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Susan
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I read Bourdain‘s Kitchen Confidential years ago and really enjoyed it. I attended an event where her spoke about his experiences and watched his show. I love his perspective. He made me less afraid of trying unfamiliar foods. I have had this on my shelf for years so here we go.

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Kammbia1
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I just bought this one tonight on Amazon Prime Day. I was a latecomer to Anthony Bourdain. However, I made sure that Parts Unknown was one of the few TV shows I watched without distractions. I'm going to read and review this one as part of my reading year. He will be missed.

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Echo
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#anthonybourdain was many things, but he was not a liar. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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Echo

If you‘re a previously unemployable ex-convenience store clerk from Leeds or Tulsa, however, a guy with no conscience and no chance of ever knowing the love of an unintoxicated woman, then Cambodia can be a paradise.

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Echo
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The universe was large all right, but no larger, it appeared, than the whole wide world ahead of me.

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CBee

Still trying to process this one. Hubs and I adore Anthony Bourdain. It‘s easy to speculate about why, but I end up over-speculating, and thinking too much. Because I understand the beast that is depression, and every time this happens (and it isn‘t just the “famous” ones), I crumble a little.
Rambling, sorry. Just want ALL of my peeps here to know that I AM HERE if you need someone. I see you and I get it.

Dragon 💔 2y
tracey38 This broke my heart, too. 2y
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Katerina
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I was very sad to hear of Anthony Bourdain's suicide. I was always rather envious of his lifestyle, because he got to travel all over the world and have all these experiences, but that just goes to show that you never know what is really going on in another person's life 😔

Kammbia1 Indeed. 2y
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knittedgnome
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I couldn't help but think about Anthony as I am making tonight's dinner. He has been on my mind all day. Food is a way to show love, a way to slow down and be together. Such a heartbreaking loss. If you are struggling please reach out. I'm here for you and so are so many others. Come on over I will cook you something yummy.

Craftylikefox 💕💕 2y
JacqMac ❤️ 2y
Smrloomis 💜💜💜 2y
CarolynM 💕💕💕 2y
Trashcanman ☹️ 1y
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britt_brooke 😭💔 I still can‘t believe it. So sad. 2y
Smrloomis 💔 2y
AmyG I can‘t believe it either. 😪 (edited) 2y
Bookzombie 💔 2y
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DebinHawaii
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#QuotsyJune18 #companion

"We have a great friendship and great respect. We're very good friends. We laugh and it's comfortable because we can be calm, and sometimes we don't speak at all and we'll be happy together. I think he likes that a lot." --Eric Ripert, CNN

Woke up to the news of Anthony Bourdain & my heart is broken. An all-time favorite. My heart goes out to his family & his good friend & companion, Eric Ripert. RIP Anthony Bourdain ?

DebinHawaii It seems to be a difficult time for so many right now, myself included. So many of us are introverts & can find it difficult to share our feelings-but if for any reason you are feeling sad, overwhelmed or like you can't go on, please, please reach out to a friend, a virtual friend (like here on Litsy) or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) You are loved. 2y
DebinHawaii Photo credit is to Todd Liebler from Instagram. It was taken two days ago with Tony and Eric in France shooting for Parts Unknown. 2y
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Leftcoastzen Thanks for your reflections and concern for others.Tony was an inspiring person , I‘m very sad for his family and all who loved his many talents and will miss how he related to the world . 2y
Smrloomis 💔 2y
Arcana Celebrity deaths are sad, but this one was heartbreaking💔 I dearly love Anthony Bourdain. He will be missed. 2y
cariashley That picture. I‘m so, so sad. 2y
kspenmoll I too was stunned & saddened. His exuberance, charm, humor, as captured on his shows was wonderful. Will so miss his shows. 2y
fleeting Same here. A Cook's Tour is close to my heart. 😔 I've read all his nonfic (travel!) and adore him. 2y
Christine 💔 2y
Bookzombie 💔💔💔 2y
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jpmcwisemorgan
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I thought there might be Littens that would appreciate Chuck Tingle‘s words. A lot of writers are talking about Bourdain‘s influence and I wish this was something he could see. Rest In Peace.

britt_brooke 💔 2y
Tkgbjenn1 Rest In Peace. 2y
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Julsmarshall Thank you for sharing this 💔 2y
mrozzz 😞💔 2y
CoffeeK8 This was lovely, thanks for sharing 2y
Dolly Wonderful words 😢 2y
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Swe_Eva
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Stunned. 💔

GlassAsDiamonds Just saw this (and some of the stupidly irresponsible reporting) as well as a good comment on suicide contagion. So heartbreaking & such a shock. 2y
Bklover 😟 2y
batsy So devastating 💔 2y
Bookladylinda So sad! 😢 2y
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Miss_Shush
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Please, if you feel like ending your life, call 1-800-273-8255 or chat at www.suicidepreventionhotline.org -the world needs you. Rest in power, Tony

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DebinHawaii
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#ReadingResolutions #TravelTuesday 🗺

I love books about good food, I love books about travel, I love books where people travel to find, taste, and/or cook good food. Here are nine travel foodie books I enjoyed. Some of the titles are a bit hard to see so I'll tag them in comments below.

Have you read any of these? Do you have a favorite foodie travel book?
✈️🛳⛵️🥄💙

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LibrarianChels
Bailedbailed

Tried to read this for my book club, but I just can‘t get into it. The first few chapters just drag on and are cloaked with negative energy (which is Bourdain‘s specialty I suppose). Never understood the Anthony Bourdain hype.

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jdtchicago

They're professionals at this in Russia, so no matter how many Jell-O shots or Jager shooters you might have downed at college mixers, no matter how good a drinker you might think you are, don't forget that the Russians - any Russian - can drink you under the table.

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I ADORE Tony Bourdain. I've loved every one of his shows and books because his dark humor and expert sarcasm is unparalleled. But episode 2.12 of "No Reservations" gives a glimpse into a side of Bourdain that isn't often on display. Absent is the abrasive Tony; he is somber and sad, and most of all, concerned for the people he has met, as Beirut erupts in a sudden and violent conflict, and he and his crew are caught in the middle. Heartbreaking.

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Jas16
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Anthony Bourdain likes to travel to #farflung locations and sample the local cuisine. Since he has not yet invited me to accompany him, I like to read about it. #maybookflowers

elkeo_TheBookDragon What's wrong with him that he hasn't invited you yet? Foolish man 😉 3y
Jas16 @elkeo I ask myself that question every time I watch his show. 3y
britt_brooke Love him! This is a good read. 3y
Yellowpigeon We were able to go to one of the restaurants he profiled when we went to Shanghai. It was so good. We spoke to the owner about the episode and that everything was so good. She told us that he was full of shit. Feisty woman. 😂 3y
Jas16 @Yellowpigeon That is a great story. She sounds awesome! 3y
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There are a few different covers to this book, but this is the one that annoys me. It's too cluttered and not representative of how good the book is. #badcovergoodbook #aprilbookshowers

ReadingEnvy All they need is a picture of a cobra heart. 3y
LauraBeth I agree - I've always hated this cover! But love the book! 3y
Megabooks You beat me to the punch! Definitely a bad cover! 3y
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Wife
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So I passed my certification exam today, and had the urge to sit on the couch and watch mindless TV (reruns of Project Runway came to mind). But instead, I took my grandson for a walk and found a Little Free Library. I helped myself to this book. It feels like a reward 🙂

CocoReads Yay! Congrats! 3y
asiriusreader Yay!! 3y
Lmstraubie Yay!!! 👏👏👏👏 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi Congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
julesG Congratulations! 3y
Wife @CocoReads @asiriusreader @Lmstraubie @CherylDeFranceschi @julesG Thanks much. I'm glad 😁 it's over and I can have more time to read and browse Litsy. 3y
Jinjer Congrats and how cute is he choosing his book??? 3y
Wife @Jinjer Thanks. I think he's pretty adorable too. I was thinking of "planting" a kids book there for him to find. 3y
Jinjer @Wife yes that would delight him! 3y
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jdtchicago

They're professionals at this in Russia, so no matter how many Jell-O shots or Jager shooters you might have downed at college mixers, no matter how good a drinker you might think you are, don't forget that the Russians - any Russian - can drink you under the table.

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Pickpick

Loved this.... Anthony Bourdain's writing captures a precarious balance of cynicism and true wonder that's very hard to achieve. His genuine passion for good food and good people leaps off the page, as he revels in the simplicities of tradition and family in the places he explores. My mouth watered, my feet itched and I laughed my arse off. This really spoke my language... Off now to binge watch the tv show... and crush on him just a little 😉💕

Laura317 His Kitchen Confidential is on sale on Amazon Kindle for 2.99! 3y
KarenUK Thanks for the heads up! 😊👍@laura317 3y
Laura317 Absolutely! @KarenUK I'm here to help facilitate any and all Bourdain addictions! 3y
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Megabooks You could really see how much he fell in love with Vietnam! Fantastic! 3y
britt_brooke 💕💕💕 him! 3y
KarenUK @Ebooksandcooks @britt_brooke @lauren317 I'm definitely going to read more from him... 😍 (edited) 3y
crc I used to love watching his show, No Reservations, on the travel channel in the US! 3y
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#day21 #seasonsreadings2016 #hotdrinkandabook ... no Vodka for breakfast thanks Anthony! ...Just my usual organic white tea, and taramasalata on skinny rice cakes... 😋☕️🐟..... Loving this book so far, and just discovered the accompanying TV show is streaming on Hulu, so going to binge on it once I've finished the book!

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