Leafing through Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook, I realized the only thing I’m competent to attempt is red-wine vinaigrette, so I’m eager for tonight’s new “Techniques” special. Tony and guests will demonstrate how to make an omelet, roast a chicken, make pasta with red sauce, prepare a hamburger, wield a knife, and make Boeuf Bourguignon, among other things.
I’ve been playing catch-up since my LG DVD recorder trashed China and “Obsessed,” but finally recaptured them both On Demand (48 minutes each with limited commercials — and NO Chase).
Speaking of Chase, boy, I spoke too soon last week. In China, Bourdain says, “Thank you. I got this,” and whips out the blue plastic, and then does it again with, “Lunch is on me!” like some big spender in Vietnam.
NOTE TO CHASE: You seemed to heed criticism about the stunt hand and fake card, now making Tony hold a card on camera. But it doesn’t help. Your tacky, gratuitous intrusions are cheap shots.
Readers, please use the comments to let those rat-bastards at Chase know what you think.
Speaking of rats, also in Vietnam, Bourdain revealed his culinary Achilles heel — tail. When faced with the Java-Mouse Deer, he said, “If it has a long tail, I just can’t handle it.”
On Friday, April 9, daughter Ariane turns 3, and Ottavia tweeted that a party is in the works. I don’t know of any appearances for Tony until April 20 (his wedding anniversary??!! — but it’s Scripps gig in NYC), so I assume he’ll be front and center to watch Ariane blow out the candles.
Here’s an interesting post from Word of Mouth about the genre Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential inspired, and a Winnipeg pizza chef who got fired for participating in a similar restaurant tell-all.
Tony wrote in his own blog that his new book, Medium Raw, is meaner than he intended. But I assume he’s pleased overall with the finished product, to be released June 8, because he titled the post “Cloud Nine.”
Blogger Corrin’s sister was on Bourdain’s flight to Austin for his April 1 appearance. She reported that Tony seemed annoyed by children on the plane (who isn’t?), and they got a few pictures.
Pacer Fox snapped another candid shot of Bourdain flying home from Austin. Tony was reading a magazine. Imagine that.
Advice to Tony: Never pick your nose in public.