Thursday, January 22, 2009

Traveling And Eating Are About Letting Things Happen

If people can't realize that fast food and cola are killing them and theirs, then...

I know, I'm no angel, I've got my vice ridden lifestyle, life is short and I'm not helping much, but when it comes to food and exercise, I'm trying Ringo, I'm trying real hard.

Fast food is killing people, but it is so cheap to feed a family of four to eight.

I'll tell you. Alice Waters annoys the living shit out of me. We're all in the middle of a recession, like we're all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There's something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic. I mean I'm not crazy about our obsession with corn or ethanol and all that, but I'm a little uncomfortable with legislating good eating habits. I'm suspicious of orthodoxy, the kind of orthodoxy when it comes to what you put in your mouth. I'm a little reluctant to admit that maybe Americans are too stupid to figure out that the food we're eating is killing us. But I don't know if it's time to send out special squads to close all the McDonald's. My libertarian side is at odds with my revulsion at what we as a country have done to ourselves physically with what we've chosen to eat and our fast food culture. I'm really divided on that issue. It'd be great if he [Obama] served better food at the White House than what I suspect the Bushies were serving. It's gotta be better than Nixon. He liked starting up a roaring fire, turning up the air conditioning, and eating a bowl of cottage cheese with ketchup. Anything above that is a good thing. He's from Chicago, so he knows what good food is. -  Anthony Bourdain

Nixon, Alice bashing. Traveling the world eating local crazy good food, sampling the local intoxicating beverages. What do you say darling? Should I hate him?
You don't even know him.
That's true, but, I don't know, there's just something about him. Something around the eyes. I don't know, reminds me of,
No, I'm sure of it. I hate him.

He is fucking funny. A Professional Drinker. His shows, his books. Really Good. Eating Drinking Traveling. Oh how I really hate him. Almost makes me want cable. Nope, there's NetFlx and the Internet.

These two interviews are slices of that.
Chewing the Fat: No Reservations' Anthony Bourdain
Time Magazine's 10 Questions

No Reservations website
Bourdain's Travel Blog

Oh, if you want to read a great Kitchen Blog check out line cook.


Old Nevermore said...

I only hate Bourdain because I love him so much.

There's something in his Humanity that goes to the core of what eating and travel can be, when done with verve.

I just hate Waters because myopic Berkeley uber-libs get on my tits like nothing else.

oldschooly said...

For some freak reason that Bourdain fellow makes the women swoon. My wife included. I enjoy his humor but he doesn't look, to me, to be the sex symbol type. Ask around to the females in your life who are familiar with the man and his show and they'll say "Oh, yeah. He's hot." What gives?

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