Upscale kitchenware chain Sur La Table is offering classes called Kitchen Basics, which one online advert claimed were inspired by Anthony Bourdain’s latest book, Medium Raw. That’s either nonsense or a recipe for disaster,so I checked with my unimpeachable source to learn if there really is any Bourdain connection.
Yes, Tony did, indeed, develop the syllabus for Kitchen Basics, and all students receive a complimentary copy of Medium Raw. (The Les Halles Cookbook would have made more sense, since some of the recipes are used, but it’s much pricier.)
Visiting Sur La Table over the weekend, I was astounded to discover that it’s one of only 2 Virginia locations (the other is Arlington) holding Tony’s classes.
I signed up for all 3 of the weekly sessions, beginning Monday, January 17.
This is the closest I’ll ever get to sharing a kitchen with Bourdain, and I believe I’m the perfect guinea pig to show Tony whether or not he’s really capable of training what he calls “useless screwheads.” I can’t peel anything with a knife without wasting half of it, the only spice I use with confidence is oregano, and I have a chicken-skin phobia. And the last time I cooked in a classroom was Home Ec in 8th grade, executing cookie recipes I’ve since forgotten.
I plan to post my unvarnished experiences here each subsequent Wednesday, beginning January 19. That gives me a day to process whatever I learn and to visit an emergency room, if necessary.
What I’m wondering right now is… if I survive Bourdain’s bootcamp, will it turn me into a foodie and give me an insatiable urge to spend the rest of 2011 cooking my way through his cookbook?
On other fronts…
Tony talked to The Joplin (Missouri) Globe while he was there in December filming the upcoming Ozarks episode of No Reservations. It sounds like we’re in for arm-wrestling and squirrel-eating.
Young & Hungry predicts what’s out in 2010 and in for 2011, and Bourdain makes the list. It seems he commandeered his Twitter account in the nick of time.
And a talented Bourdain fan named Edonohand wrote an extremely well-done fable for the “Yuletide Fanfic Exchange” called, No Reservations: Narnia.