Checking Amazon.com to see if The Best American Travel Writing 2008, edited by Anthony Bourdain, has hit store shelves yet (it has), I was surprised to find one customer review that gave it one star.
Could Tony’s taste be slipping?
Turns out the problem wasn’t with Bourdain’s choice of essays, but with the book itself. This reader claims the text of another book was on pages 45-111, and the replacement book Amazon sent had the same problem.
So I hot-footed to Barnes & Noble to see for myself. All 5 copies they had were fine. But they’ve only got 4 now; I bought one.
However, there apparently was some problem with the printing so, before you buy, flip through it and make sure what’s inside matches the table of contents.
I picked up two other interesting Tony tidbits this week…
Cats Working reader Adele kindly tipped me off to a special on the Travel Channel on October 20 at 10 p.m. ET called At the Table with Anthony Bourdain, where he’ll be talking to Maxim deputy editor Chris Wilson, Amy Sacco and Ted Allen and others over drinks and dinner in New York.
And it seems Bourdain’s got a thing for sultry, dark-haired actresses like the late Ava Gardner and silent film star Louise Brooks, who bears an eerie resemblance to Tony’s wife Ottavia. They would be guests at his ideal fantasy party, which he described to the New York Post:
“Chef Marco Pierre White and Keith Richards would be throwing something on the barbie in a back yard in Red Hook. Louise Brooks, the silent film actress, would be there, along with Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, [British spy] Kim Philby and the CIA director of counterintelligence.”
It doesn’t get much stranger than that.