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New cookbook: Anthony Bourdain's "Appetites"

BotchBotch Posts: 6,464

 
Just got this from The Man in the Brown Shorts™ yesterday, and leafed through about half of it last night.  I keep swearing off buying more cookbooks, but it works about as well as my dieting.  I've read a couple of his books, and his writing is just like his TV shows, excellent and irreverent.  Don't know that he's done an actual book with recipes in it before.  
The recipes run the gamut from simple (scrambled eggs) to esoteric (Portuguese Squid and Octopus Soup) and apparently they are his favorite recipes when he cooks at home (if he ever does; he has my dream job traveling the globe, eating locally, and drinking 'til stupid).  
He gets obnoxious as is expected:
 If Jacques Pepin tells you this is how you make a **** egg?  The matter is settled, **** nuts.  Now go back to arguing about Bundt cake recipes.

...but he also gets kinda soft: his recipe for homemade tomato soup doesn't stray far from "the can", because that's what he grew up with and comforts him.  

This so far is a fun book to read, and the recipes look top-notch.  The photography is very clever and in some cases, hilarious!  Recommended, and just in time for Christmas.  

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Comments

  • I looked through it at Costco, then went home and googled his Mac and Cheese recipe that's in the book (easy to find). Enough cookbooks!!!! Very often you can find a recipe from a specific book by just googling it.
    Judy in San Diego
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 3,398
    I like him and all... entertaining and the book I may check it out. But at the end of the day, the guy is a pompous a$$. Just my opinion
    Seattle, WA
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 27,293
    Art reminds me of Ralph Steadman.  
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  • DMWDMW Posts: 12,722
    SkinnyV said:
    I like him and all... entertaining and the book I may check it out. But at the end of the day, the guy is a pompous a$$. Just my opinion
    A pompous a$$ that gets paid to be a pompous a$$. I'd take that job if I could get it.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,634
    Art reminds me of Ralph Steadman.  
    Me too Carey!  Cookbooks are obsolete beyond decoration.  I have some decorations...
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 8,935
    edited December 2016
    I still really like cookbooks.  Not sure why, I can find everything online, but something about leafing through an honest to goodness bound book.

    I like watching Anthony Bourdain, but I would love to have a beer with Andrew Zimmern, if he drinks.  Knowing his past he may not drink.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,634
    I still really like cookbooks.  Not sure why, I can find everything online, but something about leafing through an honest to goodness bound book.

    I like watching Anthony Bourdain, but I would love to have a beer with Andrew Zimmern, if he drinks.  Knowing his past he may not drink.
    Brother, I too like cookbooks.  Just like I read bound books and have no need for a kindle.  Obsolescence is unavoidable in this world of 0's and 1's.  You sir and I are the old guard.  Glad to have you alongside.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • DMWDMW Posts: 12,722
    bgebrent said:
    I still really like cookbooks.  Not sure why, I can find everything online, but something about leafing through an honest to goodness bound book.

    I like watching Anthony Bourdain, but I would love to have a beer with Andrew Zimmern, if he drinks.  Knowing his past he may not drink.
    Brother, I too like cookbooks.  Just like I read bound books and have no need for a kindle.  Obsolescence is unavoidable in this world of 0's and 1's.  You sir and I are the old guard.  Glad to have you alongside.
    Dude, @Ozzie_Isaac is like 23 or so.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,634
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    I still really like cookbooks.  Not sure why, I can find everything online, but something about leafing through an honest to goodness bound book.

    I like watching Anthony Bourdain, but I would love to have a beer with Andrew Zimmern, if he drinks.  Knowing his past he may not drink.
    Brother, I too like cookbooks.  Just like I read bound books and have no need for a kindle.  Obsolescence is unavoidable in this world of 0's and 1's.  You sir and I are the old guard.  Glad to have you alongside.
    Dude, @Ozzie_Isaac is like 23 or so.
    WTF Dwayne, I'm only pushing 29!  Don't let the hair loss fool you.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • DMWDMW Posts: 12,722
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    I still really like cookbooks.  Not sure why, I can find everything online, but something about leafing through an honest to goodness bound book.

    I like watching Anthony Bourdain, but I would love to have a beer with Andrew Zimmern, if he drinks.  Knowing his past he may not drink.
    Brother, I too like cookbooks.  Just like I read bound books and have no need for a kindle.  Obsolescence is unavoidable in this world of 0's and 1's.  You sir and I are the old guard.  Glad to have you alongside.
    Dude, @Ozzie_Isaac is like 23 or so.
    WTF Dwayne, I'm only pushing 29!  Don't let the hair loss fool you.
    So you are the young guard, not the old guard.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,634
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    I still really like cookbooks.  Not sure why, I can find everything online, but something about leafing through an honest to goodness bound book.

    I like watching Anthony Bourdain, but I would love to have a beer with Andrew Zimmern, if he drinks.  Knowing his past he may not drink.
    Brother, I too like cookbooks.  Just like I read bound books and have no need for a kindle.  Obsolescence is unavoidable in this world of 0's and 1's.  You sir and I are the old guard.  Glad to have you alongside.
    Dude, @Ozzie_Isaac is like 23 or so.
    WTF Dwayne, I'm only pushing 29!  Don't let the hair loss fool you.
    So you are the young guard, not the old guard.
    Be quiet now Grasshopper, there is much to learn MF! ;)
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 8,935
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    I still really like cookbooks.  Not sure why, I can find everything online, but something about leafing through an honest to goodness bound book.

    I like watching Anthony Bourdain, but I would love to have a beer with Andrew Zimmern, if he drinks.  Knowing his past he may not drink.
    Brother, I too like cookbooks.  Just like I read bound books and have no need for a kindle.  Obsolescence is unavoidable in this world of 0's and 1's.  You sir and I are the old guard.  Glad to have you alongside.
    Dude, @Ozzie_Isaac is like 23 or so.
    I'm an old soul :)
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 27,293
    Ozzie is actually a guy in a mental institution that stole a cell phone from an orderly.  Swear to god!
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.  Love me or hate me, I am forum Marmite.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr, Akorn Jr, smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,634
    DMW said:
    bgebrent said:
    I still really like cookbooks.  Not sure why, I can find everything online, but something about leafing through an honest to goodness bound book.

    I like watching Anthony Bourdain, but I would love to have a beer with Andrew Zimmern, if he drinks.  Knowing his past he may not drink.
    Brother, I too like cookbooks.  Just like I read bound books and have no need for a kindle.  Obsolescence is unavoidable in this world of 0's and 1's.  You sir and I are the old guard.  Glad to have you alongside.
    Dude, @Ozzie_Isaac is like 23 or so.
    I'm an old soul :)
    No.  Ozzie_Isaac is a youngster.  But with this one, the force is strong, or at best detectable. ;)
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • pabpab Posts: 258
    Yep the cover is definitely Ralph Steadman. I have always liked Bourdain, he cracks me up and I like his taste in music. I think I have 70 episodes of his CNN show on my dvr to watch now that it is winter here in the north. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to several of the countries he has visited and have eaten in some of the places on his shows, not because he ate there but because they were on our itinerary. My wife hates it when I call her into the room to watch where I have been =)
    Nerk Ahia LBGE
  • My library has the e-book.  I will check it out and deside if it is worth the purchase. 
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 8,935
    Ozzie is actually a guy in a mental institution that stole a cell phone from an orderly.  Swear to god!
    Quiet!  They will find me and take it.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Mini, Blackstone, WSM
  • His Les Halles cookbook is one of my most used. Plenty of good recipes but also good cooking information. His original book had a chapter on the ten things a home cook needs to know to cook better, very good information. I'll leave you with one, shallots.
    Firing up the XL BGE in Salt Lake City
  • FearlessTheEggNoobFearlessTheEggNoob Posts: 779
    edited December 2016
    He seems to fancy himself as the modern Hemingway of culture and culinary arts. And to that end he has been remarkably successful. I especially admire his effective/affective use of imagery in his narration.
    Gittin' there...
  • posterposter Posts: 548
    I must admit I really like Parts Unknown, he seems to fit in well wherever he goes
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