Anthony Bourdain Can’t Get Over His Saddest Meal


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Anthony Bourdain visits Conan O’Brien’s late night show to discuss fast food, and how sad Johnny Rockets can make him.

In the video below, you’ll see how Bourdain reacts at the mention of fast food. Sometimes, he says, when he’s in a “bad decision-making period of the evening,” he’ll get a craving for it. In this particular anecdote, Bourdain tells us he will sometimes want to go out for “the Colonel,” which we all know to be KFC. “It’s not the chicken at the Colonel,” he says he’s hungry for, it’s that mac’n’cheese that we all find irresistible. As he goes on to explain it, it doesn’t sound so tasty and crave-worthy: “it’s that-that orange, bright orange, I’m not even sure it’s cheese — it’s some sort of weird glowing orange color…”

Bourdain says he goes out with a hoodie on to cover his face and hopes he won’t be recognized, but it always happens on his way out (when he thinks he’s escaped!) that someone stops him and asks for a picture together. Poor Bourdain, can’t even enjoy his KFC mac’n’cheese fix in private.

He compares the experience of getting caught buying fast food with the feeling of getting caught exiting an adult store with risque films in tote. I suppose if you’re a famous chef known for bashing on the “King, the Clown and the Colonel,” that’s a pretty appropriate feeling. But, we also know how delicious fast food can be, even for those of us with the best intentions. This just means Bourdain is human!

Then again, he says the one fast food place he’ll never visit again is Johnny Rockets. This is what has been designated as the saddest meal of his life. I feel bad for the business with that description!

Bourdain recollects visiting a Johnny Rockets at an airport once, where he said this saddest meal took place. He ordered and watched a line of crew members grab some cold fries, without even dipping them in the grease, throw a cold patty on a bun and throw a flimsy pickle on there before sliding the tray over and watching for his reaction. “Not a fan,” he finishes. Can’t say I blame him on that one.

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Tags: Anthony Bourdain, conan o'brien, fast food, Johnny Rockets, KFC
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We Can’t Wait For Anthony Bourdain’s Cookbook


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Bad boy chef extraordinaire Anthony Bourdain is releasing his first cookbook in 10 years, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

“Appetites” will debut on shelves on Oct. 25 this year, and you can even preorder the title on Amazon, according to Pop Sugar.

Here’s what the cover looks like:

Look familiar? That’s right – the cover was designed by legendary artist Ralph Steadman, best known for producing art for Hunter S. Thompson.

Bordain has such a diverse palate – have you seen all the food he has eaten on his travel shows over the years? What kind of recipes are going to be in the book?

Well, we have an idea:

“Appetites boils down 40 plus years of professional cooking and world traveling to a tight repertoire of personal favorites — dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) know how to cook,” the press release said, according to Eater.

A few years ago, Bourdain would travel more than 200 days out of the year, the press release says. But now that the celebrity chef and traveler, who is raising a young daughter, has settled down a little bit, he has started entertaining from home more and more.

“Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen however, have caused him, in his words, to have ‘morphed into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten,'” the press release explains. “The result is a home cooking, home entertaining cookbook like no other. Personal favorites from home and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency.”

If, like us, you are so excited for this cookbook that you can’t stand it, we suggest checking out Bourdain’s other works, starting with his famous memoir, “Kitchen Confidential,” in the meantime.

Sources: Pop Sugar, Eater / Photo Credit: Instagram (2)

Tags: Anthony Bourdain, Anthony Bourdain cookbook, Appetites, celebrity cookbook, cookbook
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Anthony Bourdain Announces New Cookbook And Tour For Fall 2016


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There’s great news for everyone who is currently suffering from Anthony Bourdain withdrawal after watching (or binging!) the most recent season of “Parts Unknown” on Netflix. Your favorite bad-boy chef just announced the release of a new cookbook and accompanying nationwide tour.  

Bourdain claims the cookbook, entitled “Appetites,” will bring the exotic world-class cuisine he encounters on his travels into homes everywhere.  No longer will you have to content yourself with imagining the sizzling spice of Singaporean claypot rice or the creamy perfection of Roman cacio e pepe—soon you will be able to make these dishes, and more, in your own kitchen! 

The cookbook, which will be released Oct. 25, 2016, isn’t Bourdain’s only breaking news, however.  On the same day that he announced the release date for “Appetites,” Bourdain also revealed that he will be departing on a 15-city tour, called “The Hunger,” beginning Oct. 7 and concluding Nov. 18.  Much like the cookbook, Bourdain’s tour will focus on relaying the secrets and cuisines of his globetrotting travels, all with that signature foul-mouthed Bourdain candor.

Tickets for “The Hunger” go on presale May 2 and regular sale May 20. So mark your calendars and prepare for your most delicious fall yet!

“The Hunger” Tour Dates Fall 2016:
Friday, Oct. 7 — Symphony Hall, Boston
Saturday, Oct. 8 — Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, Oct. 9 — Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME
Tuesday, Oct. 25 — Barnes & Noble Union Square, New York City
Wednesday, Oct. 26 — Academy of Music, Philadelphia
Thursday, Oct. 27 — DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
Saturday, Oct. 29 — Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH
Tuesday, Nov. 1 — Sony Centre, Toronto
Saturday, Nov. 12 — The Fabulous Fox, St. Louis
Sunday, Nov. 13 — The Paramount Theatre, Seattle
Monday, Nov. 14 — Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles
Wednesday, Nov. 16 — SF Opera House, San Francisco
Thursday, Nov. 17 — SJ Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose, CA
Friday, Nov. 18 — Bellco Theatre, Denver


Source: POPSUGAR (2) / Photo credit: Pinterest via Eater

Tags: Anthony Bourdain, Appetites, The Hunger
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Season 7 Of ‘Parts Unknown’ Premieres April 24 (Video)


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On April 24, the new season of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” will take fans on another whirlwind trip around the world.

According to the trailer, Bourdain will spend season seven of the popular CNN series in Germany, Senegal, the Philippines, Montana, Greece, Chicago, among other destinations. Since the series debuted in 2013, Bourdain and the Parts Unknown team have fit in two seasons a year, in the spring and fall.

In an interview with Conde Nant Traveler, Bourdain explained how he wants to broadcast his experiences in the most authentic way possible.

“I honestly want you to feel about the place the way I felt when I was there,” he said.

During certain episodes of the show, this honesty has led to candid conversations in which he wanted “to acknowledge the elephant in the room.” When he visited West Bank, he asked his host about the “Death to Arabs” graffiti written on the residence. Although he stated feeling “heartbroken and confused” during his time in Tehran, Bourdain also said he and his team had never treated better as Americans overseas.

“They were like, ‘We’re so happy you’re here! Come to our home, we’ll feed you,” Bourdain recalled of the trip.

The most dangerous episode of the show took place in Libya in season one, during which the safety of everyone involved in the show was a constant concern.

“We couldn’t shoot anywhere more than 20 minutes safely,” he explained. “We [ultimately] hired this young, adorable militia [for additional security]. Just getting me to the airport and out of the country was an accomplishment.”

The acclaimed chef stated that he hopes to visit Venezuela and Yemen, countries which are known for internal conflicts, in the not-too-distant future.

“If we haven’t been there, it’s for security reasons,” he explained. “Northern Afghanistan, the tribal areas—I’d very much like to shoot there.”

Despite his accomplishments, Bourdain remains humble and grateful for the experiences his career has bestowed upon him as a chef, author, and television personality.

“It’s pretty damn awesome for a guy for whom brunch shift is a pretty recent memory,” he told A&E’s Biography.

Sources: Eater, Conde Nant Traveler, Biography / Photo Credit: Bourdain Live

Tags: Anthony Bourdain, CNN, International Cuisine, Parts Unknown, Travel
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