Anthony Bourdain: King of Food Porn

By Karen

If he ever runs out of author/travel show gigs, Bourdain has carved himself a new niche. He can team up with producer Tad Chanko (a.k.a. Chris Collins) and star in high-quality food porn.

He gave us a taste of this illicit pleasure in his 2007 book, No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach, but still photography can’t compete with live cheese and chocolate all gooey and dripping, or Bourdain slurping steaming noodles.

I think his Food Porn special was the most brilliant episode of No Reservations ever. Sumptuous photography. Truly inspired voiceover, obviously written while he was in the zone, with non-stop sexual double entendres.

Bourdain voyeuristically watches Eric Ripert savor caviar and Terrance Brennan eat the most outrageous grilled cheese in what feels almost like gay moments.

Then Tony leaps into the action himself with gusto. I don’t consider myself a foodie, but when they brought out that pork shoulder and kimchi, my mouth dropped to the floor. And that cake.

Oh. My. God.

Food Network, eat your heart out. This episode should garner Bourdain another Emmy nomination.

Here are a few other tidbits that crossed my radar recently:

Bourdain recently chewed the fat with his pal Ripert and Martha Stewart, of all people, on Sirius radio.

Some Place Fresh is a vegetarian who wrote an eloquent rant about her love-hate relationship with Tony.

And I’m Glowing chose Bourdain as her Artist of the Week and described him as “kinda hot, in that older Jeff Goldblum/Chris Noth way.”

Odd combination, but yeah, I can sort of see it.

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24 Responses to Anthony Bourdain: King of Food Porn

  1. I agree, best episode ever! It was deliciously hot & naughty. You’re seeing him next week, right? Try and control yourself. 🙂

  2. Bob says:

    I finally have it downloaded going to try to sneak it in tonight before I leave for the GF’s place…
    It will be my Dirty Little Secret…Teee heee

    Bob

  3. catsworking says:

    Mom, you’re right. Now that I’ve seen this side of him, there will be a whole lot of new thoughts running through my head.

    Today the temperature here is supposed to hit 75, which is a blessing since my heat pump fix won’t happen until tomorrow (IF it isn’t raining), but this morning the weatherman casually threw into his forecast, “We could be seeing the next big winter weather next THURSDAY.”

    WTF??? That’s the day I’m driving to Durham to see Bourdain. It can’t be true. Please God, let whatever it is fall far north of here.

  4. catsworking says:

    Bob, make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy. 😉

  5. OMG, I’m seriously LOL over the Kleenex comment. So naughty, dirty girl! You’d better leave Wednesday just to be safe…more time for stalking him anyway. BTW….have you seen the promo pic of him naked with a bone covering his….bone? If not, I’ll send it to you. It’s priceless.

  6. catsworking says:

    I am going to be watching the forecast closely next week. Bad hair or not, I’m not missing my one chance to see Bourdain.

    I provided a link to his famous “boner” picture sometime back, but never posted the pic here. Didn’t want to scare the cats!

    Since we’ve never seen any indication that he exercises, and his lifestyle doesn’t seem to include a lot of fruits and leafy green veggies, I thought he looked remarkably fit.

  7. I didn’t post it on my blog either, seemed a little bit much for So Much More Than A Mom. Although, that’s never stopped me before….must have been having an off day.

    I agree and think that airbrushing is a beautiful thing.

  8. catsworking says:

    Mom, I wish I could airbrush my head. Today I figured out a tussled, combed-back way to wear my bangs so I don’t look so much like Spock, but this haircut is definitely too butch for my taste. I should have walked out of that place when all I saw getting haircuts was little boys.

  9. Adele says:

    I also loved, loved, loved the “Food Porn” NR. I was surprised the Travel Channel censors let Tony and Zero Point Zero get away with so much. I’ve been left with a strong craving for a big bowl of pho and those tacos Tony ate with Jose Andres, not to say the pork shoulder.

    So sorry about the continuing hair situation, but maybe big earrings and lots of eye makeup could salvage the situation. My alter ego, Mr. Adele, makeup artist to the marginally employed is very good at applying eye makeup; too bad you and he don’t live in the same ‘hood. When friends of mine have special functions to attend, they make appointments with Mr. Adele. Most of all, though, I hope the weather cooperates. You don’t need to arrive frazzled.

  10. catsworking says:

    Adele, what you suggested is so funny. This morning when I was putting on my makeup, I was thinking, “I’ll have to pack a ton of this stuff to try to draw attention from my hair,” and not 30 minutes ago I was looking in the mirror, pulling at my stubble and trying not to cry, when I thought, “Maybe I should wear some really big earrings so at least I’ll look female.”

    You know, with the way my luck has been going lately, a blizzard next week won’t surprise me at all.

  11. Adele says:

    I don’t know, Karen, from what I recall reading in all the “Ottavia Bourdain Found” threads, I think those DD’s will be all you need to look female. Maybe go for a touch of cleavage.

  12. catsworking says:

    Now that you mention it, Adele, my red sweater does have a V-neck. 😉

  13. Bob says:

    Watched the FP episode yesterday, OMFG.. I needed a box of Kleenex and a shower afterwards. Had to watch it with the blinds shut tight so my neighbours couldn’t see in. 🙂 Honestly though that tasting menu had me over the top, and Martain Picards “Reconstrustion of a Pig… Priceless.

    Glad you figured out something to do with your shattered locks, would hate to think you’re meeting the man face to face with a combover. V Neck sweater good choice Adele!!!! Nothing better than some cleavage action..

    Make sure you get a picture for us to go ga ga over!!

    6 More Sleeps!!!
    Bob

  14. Yes, I can’t stress enough the importance of pics…of you & AB!!!

  15. catsworking says:

    Life just gets stranger and stranger on the Bourdain front. Yesterday I received an e-mail from a woman affiliated with The Travel Channel, saying she has been reading Cats Working for a long time and appreciates our support of Bourdain. She’s going to put me on her list to receive advance “inside scoop” on new episodes, so stay tuned!

  16. Shebunny says:

    WOW Karen how Kool is that!!!

    I also watched the Food Porn episode, it rocked!

    Be sure when you get to meet Tony you get a hug in and then don’t wash that arm Ever, LOL.

  17. Bob says:

    Insider info eh… HE HE HE (Evil Laugh).

    How great, I guess our little community of Bourdainiacs is really getting the attention it deserves now.. That is just so cool that you have received written confirmation that we are on the Official Travel Channel Radar!!

    You have to ask Tony if He has ever Personally Read the Blog.. If you have time that is I would imagine that your photo op time could be very brief.. But then again who knows. Bring Him a Stella or a Guinness and you might get a bit more time.

    And Remember to Plug Winnipeg (Muhahhha ha ha)

    Bob

  18. MorganLF says:

    The first question HAS to be does he read this blog, the second is: WAS he the guy my friend did outside the Mudd Club circa ’79-80?

    Karen the hair thing is just crap. How about a festively tied scarf, and big hoop earrings AND the vneck red sweater? I can see it now “Yoo hoo Mr. Bourdain…it’s me your Auntie Mame!”

  19. catsworking says:

    Before I get to all of your insightful comments…

    I HAVE HEAT AGAIN!!!

    The heat pump guys just left and my house is warming up for the first time in a WEEK. And it turned out not to be the worst-case scenario (something melting inside the compressor), so I believe the tab will be a reasonable 3 digits.

    Morgan, if I wore a scarf, it would have to be AROUND MY FACE to conceal the hatchet job on the bangs. But I like the Auntie Mame image. So between you and Adele, I’ll be wearing a push-up bra to have my cleavage poking up to my nose through the V-neck of my sweater, with heavily mascara-ed Liza Minnelli eyes, and huge hoops in my ears.

    If I did all that, the only photo op I’d get is of his ass as he runs away in horror. 🙂

    Bob, the woman who e-mailed me works for a company hired by the Travel Channel to increase their online presence. She said that although she has never met Bourdain herself, she has heard that he is very much aware of what’s written about him on the Web. My guess is that he has read Cats Working, but I will try to confirm that in Durham. To send me the Christmas Card, he would have gone to my “Karen and the Cats” page to get contact info to track down my address.

  20. I’m also signed up with this company and get weekly e-mails to post about the upcoming show. That’s how I got my autographed pic that ended up leading me to your blog. 🙂

  21. catsworking says:

    Mom, it just goes to show what a small world it is. I’ve seen your promos for his shows, and I don’t think we really need to duplicate content. I’ll have to come up with a new slant.

  22. Bob says:

    So do tell … Or do I need to start my own blog for the good stuff?????

    Just how do I Start my own blog anyways???

    I like this one … Can I rent a room with the Cats Karen???

  23. catsworking says:

    Bob, the cats do happen to have a bed they never use. It’s blue and fuzzy. Have never figured out why they seem to hate it. They say you’re welcome to it, so come on down!

    I’m waiting for my first e-mail with “inside scoop” on the Philippines episode of No Res.

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