Bourdain & Ripert Pioneer Oral Food Porn

By Karen

We have to wait until March 1 for the next new installment of No Reservations, when Anthony Bourdain visits Ecuador, but there’s something new in the meantime: On February 18, he and Eric Ripert are launching 5 live weekly radio shows called Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert: Turn & Burn on Martha Stewart Living Radio, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET, Sirius channel 112 and XM channel 157. They’ll discuss food (sometimes lasciviously) and take listeners’ call-in questions. Market Watch has more on their topics and guests.

Tony’s trip to the Hudson Valley on NR last week was his best in a long time. He had me hooked from the opening, with the unfamiliar voice describing discovery of the Hudson River. I was checking to see if I’d taped the right program when the first joke hit me. Then it kept getting better. Tony and Michael Ruhlman wokking at Tony’s alma mater, the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). CIA Chef Pardus’ precocious 10-year-old daughter at a cookout taking Bourdain down a peg, then giggling with delight to see him riding her rope swing.

And then Bill Murray. Though Bourdain said Murray was a last-minute addition, he seemed totally plugged in to No Reservations and clearly wowed Tony (i.e., showed teeth a LOT).

Bourdain was relaxed and funny and a delight to watch. Cats Working gives Hudson Valley three tails up! (Our highest honor, since there are only 3 cats, and one has only an imaginary tail.)

Ruhlman blogged about it back in September 2009 when it was shot, but Bourdain didn’t come across in the final cut as the creepy, haunted soul Ruhlman described.

Tony gave a good interview to Inside TV for AOL, and it sounds like he won’t be visiting Cuba after all. BONUS: YouTube video of Sandra Lee’s Kwanzaa cake train wreck.

Also on AOL, Maggie Furlong got audio of Bourdain discussing his favorite reality TV show, Jersey Shore. The Bourdain segment begins at 1:10.

Tarot and Incense posted a strange account of dining with Bourdain at some undisclosed location sometime in January, and then said he was heading from there to Hong Kong and Melbourne. Among other things, she (I think) said he comandeered the ordering, really focused on the food, and tipped “vigorously.” The blog seems to be written by someone called Liquifier who lives in India. Was it all real or a dream?

Tony contributed to a book available March 2 called A Visual History of Cookery edited by Duncan McCorquodale. It appears to be a stunning collection if you’re into culinary lore. It retails for $55, but is discounted on Amazon.

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15 Responses to Bourdain & Ripert Pioneer Oral Food Porn

  1. Nickole says:

    Did you get to see Ripert and Bourdain on Martha Stewart Wednesday? They were great together!

  2. catsworking says:

    Nickole, I don’t get Sirius, so I wasn’t able to hear the broadcast. I figured they would be excellent. They’re already calling Bourdain the “Howard Stern of food porn.”

    But I thought the broadcast wasn’t supposed to started until February 18. Did they do a guest on Martha Stewart’s show last night?

  3. Nickole says:

    They were on her T.V. show Tuesday morning and cooked coq au vin with egg noodles.

  4. Tuxi says:

    Mom and I are getting into Tony more since he has that independent streak that we love, plus we like motorcycles and men who love them! We wondered why the Food Network has dropped so many chefs we loved. What happened to Sara Moulton? We won’t give details, in case Karen and crew want to put this in a post, but there’s a 77-year-old Italian TV chef, initials B. B. who we want boiled in Olive oil and fed to Italy’s zoo animals!

  5. catsworking says:

    Nickole, then darn! We missed it! My newspaper dropped complete TV listings so now I never know what’s on unless I stumble on it.

  6. MorganLF says:

    BB? I’m stumped!

  7. catsworking says:

    Morgan, so was I until I just saw the story about an Italian chef named Beppe Bigazzi who talked about eating cat stew. He got suspended from his show for it. The cats here are hissing and may be writing about it, since Cole has been researching new legislation in China to ban eating cats and dogs.

  8. Tuxi says:

    Hi! Hadn’t read about new legislation against China’s, “gulp!” dog and cat meat trade, but I hope it is outlawed everywhere on Earth! We are intelligent companion animals! Not dinner! Mom gets teary watching ASPCA ads and sometimes physically ill seeing and reading IFAW media on the poor cats and dogs in cages in China and Korea that you know have died horribly to be used as food. Those a**&%@$s!

  9. Tuxi says:

    I told Mom to be careful when she gets Chinese food, but she assured me it really is chicken and pork she’s eating. I worry but she told me she’s known the chefs for years and has seen them cook in their kitchen. She said their kitchen is so clean you could eat off the floor! So we hold her to that standard in our eating areas! We have trays under our food and water dishes. So nice to be spoiled! =)

  10. catsworking says:

    Tuxi, you should have seen some of the stuff Cole dug up on eating cat in Vietnam. If the Bourdain’s ever do move there, Lupetto’s life won’t be worth a plugged nickel because they think the meat of black cats is the tastiest!

  11. catsworking says:

    Tuxi, we have individual plates AND placemats under our food bowls. It’s not so much for the elegant effect but because Yul eats with his mouth open and more ends up on the floor than in his tummy.

  12. Tuxi says:

    Oh, gross! I had issues with my housemate and black cat Magic but would never want anyone to make a Magic Casserole! What the f&*k is the matter with people? Actually, you can’t call them human, they are vultures and murderers! Tony, you need a slap upside the head and your butt kicked for wanting to move to Vietnam! If you must move, you find a good home here for your kitty or you’ll have a will bite sticker stuck on your hiney with my teeth marks!

  13. catsworking says:

    Cindy, thanks for that link. Now I’m kicking myself that I don’t get Sirius. Bourdain and Ripert together sound even funnier than Click and Clack on Car Talk.

    Ottavia told me at the Food Fight that Eric Ripert is a very funny guy. This show gives him the opportunity to let his sense of humor come out.

  14. MorganLF says:

    I have Sirius, in the car. Much as I love Tony & Ripert I’ll not be sitting in my garage at 7PM listening! Let’s hope they rerun.

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