With Anthony Bourdain, the restaurant business can seem like. “The Nasty Bits, ” mainly a catchall of Bourdain’s magazine and newspaper. 8 quotes from The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones: ‘Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world. Bestselling chef and No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain has never been one to pull punches. In The Nasty Bits, he serves up a well-seasoned hellbroth of .

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But in The Nasty Bits and in the all the accounts of the unpleasantness that can happen he does bring us to the other side where he enjoys wild and wonderful food from his globe hopping adventures where he dines on turtle, scorpions, eel, all freshly made and enjoyed by Bourdain.

Collection of articles written through the years: I needed him out there flailing away at the world and being at least one bastion of sensible truth against the Left, the Right, and the preconceived oburdain of small minds.

I enjoy reading his work but would never want to be at a table with him or his larger than life ego. From the horrifying opening passages, where he joins an Arctic family in devouring a freshly slaughtered seal, to a Bourdain, like the fine chef he is, pulls together an entertaining feast from the detritus of his years of cooking and traveling. It is selfish for me to be angry at him, but I am. Because Bourdain does sincerely believe in a strong work ethic, in a dedication to doi Anthony Bourdain is always a pleasant read.

Having said that he’s a capable food-travel writer, much more so than others that I’ve read. It’s a patchwork of pieces written at wildly different times, for completely different publications, so there is no real continuity here; but the subtitle “Collected varietal cuts, usable trims, scraps and bones” is clear enough to know what you are getting into.


A thirty-year veteran of professional kitchens, he is the host of No Reservations on the Discovery Channel, and the executive chef at Les Halles in Manhattan.

The demons in his head had never left.

Most of the cuisine he wrote bourdan is unfamiliar to me in terms of in-country experiencebut not Malaysian food. Scroll down for an excerpt from The Nasty Bits.

The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain

May 25, 1: Feb 09, Fayette rated it liked it. Found the commentaries at the back of the book funny since they offer a more balanced view as he ref Collection of articles written through the years: In these short pieces, he was angry at one moment and exuberant in the next.

In the s, chefs started to become rock stars, and Bourdain rode that wave of expanded interest better than just about anyone. Soon, everyone’s faces and hands were smeared with blood. The same people we have always been. Dec 02, Tom Franklin rated it it was ok. Aanthony from a trip to Ghana and Namibia, Bourdain talks about life on the road, encounters with raw seal and fried bugs, and his beef with vegans.

Even he admitted to rolling his eyes at some of his older work. A lot of reviewers of this book seem to get a really worked up over the structure. Hey, if you only have a couple of weeks a year or every other year to galavant around the world you are less likely to eat and drink whatever you see in the hopes of not ruining your vacation with diarrhea.

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Arranged around the basic tastes: Bourdain is at his best when he’s writing about food, travel, or any combination of the two. View all 3 comments. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. Hidden, as they were, in the back pages, was a serious flaw in the book design.


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His writings on chef personalities and famous chefs were interesting and funny, and much more appetizing than the accounts Nastty hear from self-professed foodie friends who usually bore me to tears. Bourdain shows himself to be one of the country’s best food writers.

Because Bourdain does sincerely believe in a strong work ethic, in a dedication to doing the job that needs to be done as best as one can, I was intrigued by a discrepancy, and several typographical errors in the printing of this book. Overall, it had that same cuss filled opinionated writing about food and food culture that I was expecting from Bourdain I wish his books had an index in the back with his favorite restaurants and dishes listed by city.

I was in a used bookshop looking to buy “Kitchen Confidential” for a friend’s son who wants to be a chef and I stumbled upon this and bought it mistaking it for his newest book. Bringing together the best of his previously uncollected nonfiction–and including new, never-before-published material– The Nasty Bits is a rude, funny, brutal and passionate stew for fans and the uninitiated alike. I have rarely seen his show as I’d rather read than watch TV, but I find him to be a good if gritty writer.

I simply don’t care about Coq that or Beure this, whatever the hell those things mean. Like some medieval maps though, there were parts of his life labelled Your purchase helps support NPR programming.