By Anthony Bourdain
Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters open air a Russian bathtub, Chef Bourdain travels across the world looking for the final word meal. the one factor Anthony Bourdain loves up to cooking is touring, and A Cook's Tour is the shotgun marriage of his maximum passions.
Inspired via the query, 'What often is the ideal meal?', Anthony units out on a quest for his culinary holy grail. Our adventurous chef starts off out in Japan, the place he eats conventional Fugu, a toxic blowfish which are ready basically by means of particularly authorized cooks.
He then travels to Cambodia, up the mine-studded street to Pailin into self sufficient Khmer Rouge territory and to Phnom Penh's Gun membership, the place neighborhood fare is served up along a menu of obtainable firearms. In Saigon, he's taken care of to a maintaining meal of reside Cobra middle earlier than relocating directly to appreciate a snack with the Viet Cong within the Mecong Delta.
Further west, Kitchen Confidential lovers will realize the Gironde of Tony's formative years, the 1st cease on his eu itinerary. And from France, it's directly to Portugal, the place a complete village has been fattening a pig for months in anticipation of his arrival. And we're in basic terms midway round the globe.
A Cook's Tour recounts, in Bourdain's inimitable sort, the adventures and misadventures of America's favourite chef.
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