A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain
In Search of the Perfect Meal

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Equally skilled behind a stove and a typewriter, Bourdain serves up vivid descriptions that are the next best thing to stabbing a bite off his plate.
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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.
 

About Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain is the author of Medium Raw, A Cook's Tour, Kitchen Confidential, and the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, and is the host of the popular television show No Reservations. He lives in New York City.
 
Published September 17, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 292 pages
Genres: Travel, Cooking, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Scott Tobias on Apr 19 2002

Equally skilled behind a stove and a typewriter, Bourdain serves up vivid descriptions that are the next best thing to stabbing a bite off his plate.

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