Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

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  • A Foodie's Dream

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    Sometimes watching No Reservations makes you want to kill Anthony Bourdain. Seeing this proudly arrogant and preening recovering substance abuser/chef gallivant around the world taking in the most sumptuous delicacies the globe has to offer can inspire more than a little envy, but watching him do it is admittedly, if somewhat begrudgingly, fun. After only a few episodes, it becomes clear why Bourdain is the man for this job and not you. Whatever his foibles, Bourdain is a practiced gastronomist with an eye for what's relevant and interesting, and a snarky comment for everything that's not. He knows more than you do, so sit there and shut up. The entertaining host, however, is not the star of the show, and most of the time, he knows it. Each episode finds Bourdain in a new, usually exotic, location. The show does an excellent job of capturing the essence of these locales and how their culture informs their cooking. It's like Rick Steves' Travel Guide with food. That said, Bourdain makes for a bit more lively host than what can be found on PBS, and after a while you don't so much wish he were dead as you wish to be along for the ride.
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