Tonight, No Reservations returns to Paris for the 100th episode. I’ve been very eager to see this one, yet Room214 didn’t make it available in advance. But I caught the new special to air right before it, and Travel Channel has been running a 36-episode NR marathon that began yesterday.
The new special, “What Were They Thinking?” is very funny. Another glimpse of regular Tony talking about many of the show’s most memorable moments, with a generous segment on Zamir. Well worth watching. Here’s a promo he filmed in Paris for it. I noticed that he didn’t mention any countries where they eat everything with their hands.
To go with my rant about Top Chef, TV Squad thinks Bourdain should replace Eric Ripert as a guest judge. For me, Ripert is the least objectionable element of the whole show. Of course, it would be silly for Tony to become more involved. He doesn’t need it.
Cats Working reader Adele observed on Twitter that Tony’s choice of tie when he judged on Top Chef last week made him look like Padma’s prom date. Heaven forbid!
Hale and Hearty reported that Bourdain appeared with Fergus Henderson in Manchester, England, where Tony apparently took a bizarre swipe at writers. He was quoted as saying, “I don’t think writing is good for anybody. They’re nasty, angry people.”
Maybe he’s just upset because Medium Raw has begun its inevitable fall from the top 10 on bestseller lists. Don’t worry Tony, the paperback’s coming.
In England, Bourdain also did a live online chat for The Guardian. I couldn’t find a complete transcript, but The Village Voice captured one testy exchange where Tony verbally throttled, with a reference to cat hair, the guy who apparently helped coin the word “foodie.”
Irish Times interviewed Tony, and he mentioned that Ariane starts pre-school this week, speculating on her lunchbox contents: ‘‘I’m guessing it’ll be Italian — proscuitto, a little cheese, maybe some cold pasta.”
I hope the kids are kind. They used to make fun of me when I showed up with stinky salami or anything on pita bread. I prayed for my mother to discover peanut butter and Wonder Bread.
Tony’s hopping all over the U.S. in September making appearances, including one in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on the 23rd I’ll be missing because I’m not a stalker.
The Outside Blog printed a 7-question interview with Bourdain where he says he’s not an outdoor kind of guy. There’s a longer podcast version I had no luck opening, but maybe you can hear it and see if he says anything interesting.
Sacramento’s NewsReview.com interviewed Bourdain before his September 17 appearance there. He weighs in on the city’s efforts to eliminate street food.
San Diego Magazine got a phone interview before Bourdain’s September 18 appearance in Escondido. He shares what he thinks of the new Cooking Channel.
Bourdain spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about reality shows and proclaimed Fox’s new Gordon Ramsay vehicle, MasterChef, “dreadful.”
At the end of an otherwise ho-hum interview, the Omaha World-Herald got some scoop out of Bourdain on a graphic novel he’s publishing with DC Comics next year, tentatively titled Get Gyro. Tony says it’s about “ultraviolent food nerds. It’s a gourmet slaughterfest, sort of like Fistful of Dollars meets Eat Drink Man Woman.”
And he said his next novel is about “displaced New Yorkers in the Caribbean doing bad things to each other. Food will be involved.”