Interesting tidbits about Anthony Bourdain have been scarce around the Internet since No Reservations‘ Season 6 ended, but I think it’s the lull before the hype storm brewing for June 8 when his new book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, is released.
His schedule for June is beyond crazy, with appearances in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, California, Utah, Oregon, Ohio, and Florida (in that order), and this list is probably incomplete.
Salt Lake City strikes me as possibly the most incongruous place on the planet Bourdain could visit. SLUG got a phone interview before Tony breezes through on June 19. On page 2, he offers his opinion of what SLUG claims are traditional Mormon dishes.
Remember when Cats Working reader Adele met Tony in Chicago on April 24? Eater published illicit YouTube video of the marriage proposal Bourdain presided over on stage. The audio is bad until Tony delivers his disclaimer.
Chicagoist critiqued that appearance, and her commenters engaged in heated debate on the appropriateness of the proposal.
Star Tribune snagged a video interview with Tony in Minneapolis on April 23. What he says about lutefisk makes you wonder why he always claims warthog rectum is the worst thing he’s ever eaten.
The Driftless Area Review provides a good summation of Bourdain as a food reviewer. Nothing new for longstanding fans, but if you’re arriving late to the party, you may learn something about his TV and writing career.
Weekly Standard quotes Tony’s thoughts on the National Salt Reduction Initiative to legislate the use of salt. He calls it the work of “nanny-state nitwits,” which should give you a clue on where he stands.