Tuesday, August 01, 2006
More Nasty From Bourdain
Yes, I'm back from my little hiatus, after having caught up on some interesting, and in all cases, *entertaining* summer reading. One of which, was the latest non-fiction offering from one of my favorite bad boy chefs, Anthony Bourdain, of Kitchen Confidential fame. This new one is entitled Nasty Bits: The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones .
Just as exceptional a writer as he is a chef, Bourdain pulls together a feast of tidbits in the form of his past magazine articles and essays, comprised from his many years of cooking and traveling. And in his typical "As The Stomach Turns" style, this one also covers his on-the-edge eating experiences, such as his devouring a slaughtered seal with an Inuit family in Alaska. But apart from his obvious disdain for celebrity chefs, i.e., Rocco DiSpirito, et al, to his longing for the old days of the sex and drug scenes in New York's old Time Square, those of you who tune in regularly to watch Bourdain's weekly "extreme cuisine" series No Reservations on the Travel Channel will already have a sense of the familiar "Bourdain on Bourdain" type commentary in this book. In any event, Nasty Bits makes, as always, for a totally engaging read from this truly gifted chef and writer.
Well, it's August, and soon this summer of non-stop power outages all across the nation will hopefully be at an end. No doubt, my hat is off to those brave folks right here in Queens, New York for all they had to endure in last month's Con Edison debacle. Glad to hear that for the most part, some of your lights and refrigerators -- are finally back on.
Good Tuesday, all. Peace