A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines (Paperback)

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A Cook's Tour is a war novel undercover as a travelogue. Spurred on by the success of his first book Bourdain goes on a tour of duty around the world in search of the perfect meal. Armed with Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene references and a waste-not-want-not mentality he expounds the joys of eating pig organs in Portugal, having pho for breakfast in Saigon, and playing with automatic weapons in Cambodia. Of course, like any good cover story for a military endeavor "the perfect meal" is just a foot in the door. If eating blood and guts is something you're into (or something you're curious about), this is for you.
— From Frank's picks


From the star of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain's New York Times-bestselling chronicle of travelling the world in search the globe's greatest cuilnary adventures

"Bourdain shows himself to be one of the country's best food writers. His opinions are as strong as his language, and his tastes as infectious as his joy." -Sam Sifton, New York Times Book Review

The only thing "gonzo gastronome" and internationally bestselling author Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling. Inspired by the question, "What would be the perfect meal?," Tony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail, and in the process turns the notion of "perfection" inside out. From California to Cambodia, A Cooks' Tour chronicles the unpredictable adventures of America's boldest and bravest chef.

Fans of Bourdain will find much to love in revisting this classic culinary and travel memoir.

About the Author

Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, the memoir A Cook’s Tour, and the New York Times bestsellers Kitchen ConfidentialMedium Raw, and Appetites. His work appeared in the New York Times and The New Yorker. He was the host of the popular television shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown. Bourdain died in June 2018.

Praise For…

Food Writer of the Year — Bon Appétit

“[Bourdain] is a one-man army traveling the world on his stomach--and his droll wit.” — People

“None of your limp-wristed, pinch-mouthed, hoity-toity delicacies for this guy.” — Elle

“Bourdain’s mission is to show the cool, un-Martha side of the culinary world.” — Time magazine

“Mighty engaging.... [Bourdain’s] snappy, full-bore writing style--whether being sarcastic, passionate, or descriptive--is good entertainment.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Adventurous and opinionated, [Bourdain] is very good company.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Brilliant. A chain-smoking, hard-drinking, cut-to-the-chase guy’s guy, ready to try anything new and different.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Some fine food adventure reading…. Bourdain offers excellent insight into real food.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“If you’re looking for a camel ride and an amiable companion, you could do a lot worse.” — Washington Post

“Vintage Bourdain.” — Dallas Morning News

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060012786
ISBN-10: 0060012781
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: November 5th, 2002
Pages: 288
Language: English