Congrats to Emmy-Winning No Reservations

By Karen

I didn’t watch the Emmys last night, so I don’t know if Anthony Bourdain attended. No Reservations was nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Series. It lost to American Masters. (Tony was robbed, I say!)

It was with some difficulty I finally ferreted out the results on the show’s third nomination this morning. The Emmys seem like some cheesy carnival game, with dozens of bizarre, obscure categories to ensure “If you play, you win!” — for something — eventually.

This isn’t to detract from Tony’s win. I’m just saying, when you see ALL the nominations in one place, sheesh! How have they missed having a whole set of awards for Outstanding Typing of a Script in every category?

No Res: Laos was nominated for Outstanding Editing, but lost to This American Life. Is isolationism at work, since No Res got beaten by shows with “American” in their title in both categories?

However, Laos DID win for Outstanding Cinematography last week, so No Res has earned well-deserved bragging rights as an “Emmy-award-winning series.”

Personally, I’d like to see Bourdain win for Outstanding Writing in Nonfiction Programming. Haven’t those Emmy people been listening to him at all?

In case you missed it, Cats Working reader Cindy put us on to a gallery of Getty photos of Tony and his wife Ottavia at the New York Emmy ceremonies earlier this month, the premier of Julie & Julia, and other events.

Even though Season 5 wrapped up last week in Sardinia, Bourdain’s popping up all over the Internet again. His summer vacation is definitely over.

Josh Ozersky at Feedbag did a podcast with Tony on September 11 about the upcoming New York Wine & Food Festival from October 8-11, where Tony will be appearing with David Chang. Tony waxes eloquently profane on mixologists vs. bartenders.

Nikki Metzgar at Houston Press provides great descriptions of some things Bourdain ate in Sardinia. I was particularly interested in what that cracker-like bread was all about.

Sarah Kelley at Leo Weekly got an advance interview with Bourdain before he appears at the Idea Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 25. He’s still talking about spending a year in Vietnam, and he took another swipe at Sandra Lee.

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15 Responses to Congrats to Emmy-Winning No Reservations

  1. Nayagan says:

    since you seem like a fan, here’s some background for the SL show: http://riceandcurry.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/no-reservations-a-footnote/

    For this one, I feel he ordered a cannoli and unquestioningly ate only the empty shell. Even considering the usual editing bloodbath, they left out so much that is vital.

  2. catsworking says:

    Nayagan, thanks for that link. I hadn’t seen this post on the Sri Lanka episode. I don’t specifically remember him eating a cannoli, empty or otherwise, anywhere. Was that in Sri Lanka or Sardinia?

  3. Nayagan says:

    that was not literal–my point is that he went there to experience the whole cuisine but left so much out.

    I know this because I have been there and my entire family hails from all parts of SL.

    He’ll do a reup for Lebanon because that bombardment was in the news (and the cameras) but I feel he won’t return to SL because that conflict occurred mostly off camera (and resulted in far more death, but that’s another issue.)

    Bourdain is turning into an oriental fetishist.

  4. catsworking says:

    Silly me, Nayagan. Thanks for clarifying the cannoli comment. I see what you mean. But it’s exactly as Rice and Curry said. There’s no way Bourdain can portray any country in its entirety in the length of time he spends there, and in the span of a one-hour show.

    He wants to go back to Lebanon because he never got to do the show he intended, and he probably wants to give the people a chance to show him their country while not dodging bombs and bullets. Fair enough.

    Whether he’ll ever return to Sri Lanka, who knows? Someone in every country he visits seems to say the same thing you do. Bourdain himself has said he could do his whole show in China forever and not cover all the different cuisines. He realizes he just scratches the surface.

    Heck, when he does a show in just one American CITY, people say he didn’t see it all.

    Tony does have a thing for Asia, particularly Vietnam. He keeps saying he’s going to take his family to live there for a year, and he’s got a contract with a publisher to write a book about the experience. If he follows through, maybe he’ll visit your country again and experience more of it.

  5. Nayagan says:

    There is ‘that person’ in every country, however, when what is neglected is tied pretty tightly to a single ethnicity which is under bombardment, where the avoidance of such is tacit endorsement of said bombardment, I look askance not only at the editing but also the original footage. Skiz has never been to Jaffna and probably never had what I grew up thinking of as “Sri Lankan” cuisine.

    If you read my first comment over, i am acknowledging the necessities of editing. If they had simply taken on a consultant other than Skiz, they would have been able to better utilize the time spent there.

    Throughout my education (yes, including UR), i’ve been called in as ethnic spokesperson frequently and hated it. I’m sure Skiz has as well. what I don’t understand is how the producers can fail to recognize how a single perspective colors the narrative–and often at the expense, not simply omission, of others.

    and it’s not exactly ‘my country.’ That would have to be the land Carole King bought and donated over 25 years ago–right here in the dixie.

  6. catsworking says:

    Nayagan, I guess you are saying that Bourdain should have addressed the effects of the civil war in Sri Lanka. Maybe so, but the only time he’s ever really gotten into politics was when he got trapped in Lebanon and politics were thrust upon him.

    Your point that he should have had other guides with other points of view is well-taken, but since most Americans know nothing about Sri Lanka, he may have felt that it would have made things confusing, and it was better to focus on one aspect that showed the country in a very positive light to counter all the negative information that’s usually presented in the news.

    I really don’t have the answer. I’m just a fan, not a producer.

  7. Nayagan says:

    of course and thanks for responding.

    I come across as brusque and intemperate in nearly all written communication which, at my job, is not always a good thing.

  8. catsworking says:

    No problem, Nayagan. The situation in Sri Lanka is longstanding and complicated. Americans are confused enough about what’s going on in Afghanistan and Iraq, where we have personal stakes.

    If you watch a number of episodes of No Reservations, you realize that Bourdain isn’t trying to make any political points, although he has a particular fondness for Vietnam and regrets what happened to the country as a result of U.S. involvement. I’ve seen every show, and I can’t think of another one, aside from Lebanon, where he got political. If anything, he’s a goodwill ambassador for ordinary people everywhere he goes.

  9. Cindy says:

    Tony & Ruhlman are filming a No Res episode in the Hudson River Valley.

    http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090924/NEWS/909240312

  10. Bob says:

    Good Score Cindy!!!!!

    I love it when Ruhlman and Tony get together

  11. Adele says:

    Excellent info, Cindy. Like Bob, I think Tony and Ruhlman make quite a pair. Since I don’t twitter, I’ve been wondering why there have been no Bourdain references for the last year or so in Ruhlman’s blog. Glad that they’re still running buddies.

  12. catsworking says:

    Thanks for the link, Cindy. I always enjoy watching Bourdain cook, since it was his first love. I know he has said he would never do it, but if he ever hosted a cooking show, he could rival Julia Child for making it fun and unpredictable.

  13. Cindy says:

    If you go to Ruhlman’s blog http://blog.ruhlman.com
    and click on contact then on twitter, you can see his most recent posts.
    He has posted a pic there.
    http://twitpic.com/itihu

  14. catsworking says:

    Cindy, thanks for the link to the picture. I always wondered how they got those close-ups of Bourdain driving, if the cameraman was strapped to the bumper or something.

  15. MorganLF says:

    Merde! Always a day late and a dollar short!

    It so happens I summered in New Paltz for years and was planning a few days there last week, but decided to put it off till after the DC Food Fight!

    I actually almost booked Mohonk, geez what are the odds?

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