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50 Books: Book 23


The Nasty Bits, Anthony Bourdain

Oh Tony Bourdain, how are you not my husband? Seriously, I know it'd end in a firey trainwreck, but I'm all ready to be your next ex-wife.  What more could I ask for than a chain-smoking, hard-drinking guy who will eat anything and can cook just about everything, loves to travel, obviously reads fiction, is sarcastic, writes well, has a huge collection of old punk t-shirts, tattoos and just GAH!  WANT.  Seriously, I want to grab his skinny hips and…uh, wait, what was this about? Oh, book, right.  This a collection of his magazine articles and other short writings.  Presumably put out to tide the slavering masses over until he writes his next travel book, or what ever he's going to be writing.  I, for one, am glad to have as many words of Tony's on paper as possible.  Though I'm not sure this is good introduction to him, if you haven't read either of his previous non-fiction books you should probably start with one of those.  This one was great though.  I keep finding myself thinking about anecdotes from it when I'm at work (at the restaurant) and I love the way he broke it up by the five basic tastes: bitter, salty, sour, sweet, and umami.  I like Tony.  Did you get that from reading this?  I may not be able to be objective about him at all.  But I suspect my blind devotion comes from the fact that he he is really, genuinely great, so, go on, get a book of his, watch a show, get sucked in.  It's worth it, I swear.

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Author: Ajax Bell

Seattle author. Stops to smell the flowers. Amateur nerd (I wanna go pro but I haven't found anyone to pay me). Humble hippo enthusiast. queer/bi. they/them.

2 thoughts on “50 Books: Book 23

  1. This has been on my amazon wishlist since it was published and I may just have to go ahead and bite the bullet since my family never looks on my wishlist. LOL. I love this man and would happily do anything he asked of me (including eating nasty bits). We have an autographed copy of Cook's Tour and he's as awesome in person as he comes across on TV.

  2. Oh, Tony. Some day I'll have to find out where he's making restaurant cameos and drop in. I mean, I know that he's never actually cooking in them any more, but… So sad that I worked around the corner from the original Les Halles during the Tony Years and never knew if I tripped over the guy. *draws hearts*

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