Bourdain Throws Down

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52 Responses to “Bourdain Throws Down”

  1. nellie on March 10th, 2008 1:00 am

    I love your show!
    When you went to Hawaii, I hope you went to Lanai, Kauai, and Maui. Not just Oahu.
    When you come to San Francisco, you can stay at my house in Alamo if you want.

  2. Shom Datta on October 22nd, 2008 2:01 pm

    You are an idiot. I was your biggest fan until that horrid talk show where you and a bunch of other burnouts tried to talk about food like you were solving the worlds problems. What were you thinking? The whole reason you had any appeal at all is because you knew what you were:a cook. You brought dignity to the clan. Now you are a clown. I know I will be right because that format will probably take off and you will be the next Lagasse, Dispirito, or Rachael Ray. Or it will bomb, and thankfully save your reputation before you screw it up anymore.

  3. Digger on November 11th, 2008 7:54 pm

    You are the man. I think the person above me must be either A. mentally retarded, or B. A hater. Someone who inspires people to get out and experience new culture is not a clown. There’s no better way to start learning about a culture than to sit down and eat what they eat. It’s the fuckin’ best way to show respect because it shows the people you are trying to give a shit about the things they give a shit about. I don’t think people really give a fuck about whatever you did on Food channel. Keep on pimpin’.

  4. Milan on January 10th, 2009 12:44 pm

    Hi Tony…

    Thank you for your great impressions and experience on your journeys. You are a kind of role model. Since your tv-journeys I changend my working life and now i´am responsible for many countries all over the world. Stay tuned…

    Milan from Liechtenstein/EU

  5. michael on June 1st, 2009 12:20 pm

    Hi Thony you are the best and very sexy for my wife. You must wisit Poland, Silesia – the best “karbinadle z kartoflami i marchewką z groszkiem”. This is the beeeeest.

  6. cristian zarazua on June 1st, 2009 3:17 pm


  7. lisa on July 29th, 2009 9:31 am

    hay tony, com to brunei and stay in my house, forget those other offers! regolado has stoned a black spitting cobra in the driveway and we can dig it up, shood be redy by nw, and bbq it. also can get macaque monkey from back fence, fresh, is easy with slingshot, nice with satay of pied hornbill. we have kalamazoo bbq from usa, can cook, bake and sail to labuan island on it also. we can climb bamboo for shitty bids nest in caves, only 30 minut across border and make soup. your show only reason worth having astro tv. hate that tv guy who masticates camera and eats for a dare. also do not like sugar cooks who hang titties in whipped cream (but understand if you like them). do enjoy your show would happily shout you a tiger from a chipped coffee mug hidden under the table (brunei is dry). my kids and partner all enjoy your show and it keeps us in touch with some real world values while in expat land. love your production values, you must have a great crew.

  8. BARRY HUGHES on August 16th, 2009 3:37 pm

    Yours is the only food related show I watch-ITS GREAT–Your comments are interesting and truthfull you make me laugh {not easy}–Look i am married to a Thai girl- i helped her family from sleeping on dirt,sick and hungry to self stataining -I have a nice Toyota vego 4 door with dvd-3 tvs–all the stuff to make driving around south asia nice–3 new motorbikes-2 honda 1 yamaha–a place in pattaya and one in khon khen—if you ever want a road trip let me know—
    barry hughes

  9. Name On Internet? I'm Not Famous! on September 3rd, 2009 6:54 am

    One of the last original badasses, definitely. May your glass/bowl stay full, your tunes loud and your friends close, thanks a million.

    Salutations from Canada. Drop a line may you find yourself in our godless frozen Northlands.

  10. neal on January 29th, 2010 1:52 am

    who the hell did the sound dubbing on the Washington D.C. show,, the background music was so loud it was no longer in the background, it was in the foreground and I had trouble trying to hear Anthony talking about anything…
    Turn down the damm music so I can hear the interesting dialoge.

  11. Ron on February 13th, 2010 2:11 pm

    Hey Tony, welcome back to the Scripps Networks family. Guess you will have to get over yourself or find another network.

  12. John on May 24th, 2010 8:42 pm

    Tony, always loved your show but lately you seem to have to interject politics more and more.If your looking for a thumbs up from alan colmes or jenean garafalo, well done.But I don’t like your politics and don’t want to hear them because true to your liberalness you like to talk unsolicited crap about people,no balls to do it in person I guess.Keep your show about food and I’ll watch.Otherwise fk you.

  13. Dan on July 7th, 2010 1:06 pm

    Hey Tony,

    Just read your book “Medium Raw”. So far I have really enjoyed it. I especially like the piece on hamburgers. Especially “designer burgers”. I like Bobbly Flay but I went to his burger joint in Monmouth County, N.J. and I couldn’t believe he was charging 7.95 for a “small black angus burger”. I can point out half a dozen great burger places in the area that serve a better burger and you get fries along with it too! I don’t know how his place is doing but you won’t find me there because I can’t see paying for these “fancy burgers” when you can get a good one somewhere.

  14. Aryle on July 9th, 2010 1:10 am

    My name is Aryle (ariel)I am 12 going in to &th grade i love food and cooking i want your job what do i need to do to get it

    – Aryle

  15. Benjamin on September 8th, 2010 10:18 pm

    Hi, I´m from Mexico City.

    I´m sure that I could be a great hostes if you come to make a show in Mexico, here are grat places to eat, not only big and expensive restorants tah cold be good, here are small and traditional places for breakfast, dinner and more, the best is to eat in a market, some mole, “pancita”, or “cochinita pibil”, quedadillas, migas, of course great pleaces for tacos and we have great sea food dishes like “agua chile”, here are traditioanl food but also there are a great mix and fusione cuisine you slould coem I will be happy to show you where to eat.

  16. jean cobb on September 24th, 2010 7:10 pm

    I loved your Laos Show. I was in tears during parts of it. I never realized that we destroyed that country. And I am an old lady who should have been aware of that.

  17. Salvatore' on October 27th, 2010 3:40 pm

    I have read your books and I only PRAY that at least ONE Culinary Student will listen to you.
    I wanted to do the Euro thing in the 70′s, but I fell in love and married. 13 years later I was divorced. Crap I stood in kitchens just as you explained and the same old shit. Customer wants a well done Filet and over cooked Salmon.
    Well I may have 10 years left of life, and looking back it has been an Absolutely Wonderful life. I have a Son and a Daughter who are doing well themselves.
    I wonder where I may have been today if I did what you suggest and what I dreamed of doing in the 70′s.
    I like you a lot. Your quips and language is very humorous. Your books are an easy and delightful read. You are not a sell out no matter what the retard says. I always say when a person or persons win and hit the lottery “GOD BLESS THEM”. I also say this to anyone who was and still is in our business weather a cook, Chef, busboy or dishwasher – if they make it out of the steaming hot F%#king kitchen I say “GOD BLESS THEM” but for you Tony it is God Bless You. You tell it like we need to hear it.
    Salvatore’ J. Riccobono -

  18. lorna souza on November 1st, 2010 1:22 am


  19. Marian on March 2nd, 2011 7:27 pm

    Mr. Bourdain, I’m hooked; can’t get enough of your show. Enjoyed your trip to Korea, Russia Singapore and Maine. Love Nari, you should have her more often. She brings life to your show! I get this feeling that one of these days they’re going to wheel you out of your show for drinking too much! We want to see more of your show so control yourself a little bit. Take care and God bless always.

  20. Rafal on April 5th, 2011 6:11 am

    Hello Anthony,

    I love your show! I watched everyone of your episodes and I noticed that you need to visit Poland. I’ve noticed all around the world they sell Polish sausage why not go to its origin, and try a real Polish sausage. They have great blood sausage called kiszka. They also have amazing spicy tripe soup called flaki. Poland has great food, history, and excitement. Not to mention they have some of the best beer! I also hear that vodka is sold in six pack of cans to drink straight up. You should try the famous spyritus vodka thats so strong one shot will knock you out!

  21. chrisitian louboutin on April 21st, 2011 3:22 am

    I love your show! I watched everyone of your episodes and I noticed that you need to visit Poland. I’ve noticed all around the world they sell Polish sausage why not go to its origin, and try a real Polish sausage. They have great blood sausage called kiszka. They also have amazing spicy tripe soup called flaki. Poland has great food, history, and excitement. Not to mention they have some of the best beer! I also hear that vodka is sold in six pack of cans to drink straight up. You should try the famous spyritus vodka thats so strong one shot will knock you out!

  22. peter forlano on May 18th, 2011 12:21 pm

    Enough with the blood sausage! We get it, you love it. I watch your show because I like learning about food, other places and cultures and because along with Zimmern your show floats on top like flotsam amongst a lot of awful shows about ghosts and premeditated gorging that to complete the analogy, are derelict. (cargo that sits on the bottom of the ocean that can never be reclaimed)
    I thought your new series was going to be better but we just can’t seem to get away from that blood sausage. I have nothing against bs, after all tripe was a normal thing for me as a kid but the redundancy sure makes for boring TV.
    Cent’una and may you never get gout!

  23. Monika on June 4th, 2011 10:29 am

    You have to come to Poland.

  24. Randy Bazemore on August 19th, 2011 10:23 am

    What an asshole you are. Paula Dean is a sweet lady with a kind heart. You left wing socialist pigs are just a bunch of lowlife dicks who have no class.

  25. Ken on August 19th, 2011 1:28 pm

    Nice how you think it is necessary to put people down like Paula Dean. Does that make you a big man? I am through watching anything you are on, Your comments were uncalled for and in my opinion makes you look like the little man you are. A real man would apologise and ask for forgiveness. Off to tell the travel channel they are off my viewing list until you are gone.

  26. Tabbles on August 19th, 2011 8:41 pm

    I never post on this kind of forum, but I just read the controversy surrounding the Food Network remarks (Deen in particular) and it inspired one of the best conversations I have had with my husband in several weeks. We are both from working class backgrounds (blood pudding, head cheese, offal sort of folks, in other words). My husband was a line cook and sous chef and I waited tables for several years before we both earned English degrees. We are very conscious about the food we eat, including the corporations that control the “chefs” on Food Network. I think that Chef Bourdain was totally right in his assessment of the situation on Food Network. Corporate sponsors, quirky personalities, and perky boobs do not a meal make…. I’d rather go back in time and eat my grandmother’s pig brains.

  27. Mari on August 21st, 2011 2:17 am

    Anthony, I love your show! Please keep your sense of humor and your mind open. It is an awful shame that you are a world famous, well traveled, intelligent and funny guy, but you haven’t learned that bashing others doesn’t make you look good. (Other chefs, cooks, etc.) It is not cool. I’m not saying don’t share your opinion, just put a filter on. Nobody is force feeding the nation Paula Deen’s food. Take the high road and you will never have regrets. Do you want to be “the Kathy Griffin” chef? It’s the line between sarcasm and vitriol.

    I love your sense of humor AND your politics (fkyu back “John” on May 24th, 2010 8:42 pm, you’re a douche and probably voted both times for Bush).

    Never wrote a “fan” post before, but thought you needed some advice. Unsolicited, of course. ;c)

  28. Thomas Riccardi on August 21st, 2011 10:45 am

    I gotta say that I agree with you 100% on your stance with the food network shows. Paula Deen looks out at her audience of 300 lb devotees with a glazed look in her eyes deep frying, pan frying and just frying things in grease, oil or whatever sludge she can collect. Her food isn’t healthy not for her, her fans or America.

    As for the rest of the cooks they are just souless people who are in it for the almighty dollar. Hell my roommate went to Tex Wasabi out here in Sacramento and he said by and far it was the WORST food he had EVER had in his life.

    Anyway, love your show and I loved that you went and visited my old stomping grounds.. Staten Island and you went to Jade Island (which is a pretty damn good bar and restaurant). Don’t worry about what those house frau’s are going to say about you tony.. just know that you have fans that love you and if you need some one to break a few heads.. give me a call.

  29. george on August 22nd, 2011 7:15 pm

    Love your show but thought your comments about Paula Dean were mean-spirited and uncalled for.

  30. Anna Lucia on August 24th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Greetings Anthony,

    I tend to agree about your assessment regarding certain chefs on the Food Network channel. They are far what I enjoy either to cook or eat, or even their over the top personalities, but by the same token, there is something there for everyone. I prefer novel and exotic things, but also a well cooked good quality ingredients as this is how i grew up. Wholesome, simple, and good quality, but i think to take away certain shows because they are not up to par with your own personal tastes does not seem fair either.

    It is pretty amusing for some people to judge those who watch Paula Deen as fat and all whole host of other neg. comments. Don’t like it, don’t watch it.

    As for those who poke fun in a mean way at others:
    Here is a little insight for you..your crass attitude is much more repulsive than a very large person. I assess people on what is coming out of their mouths, not the foods they are putting their gullets.

    Kindly get over your faux snobbiness..truly classy and open minded people do not lower themselves to petty remarks about people’s looks.

  31. Shannon's World on September 2nd, 2011 5:57 am

    The pig video was just discusting.You and some other ignorant people doing that on national T.V.How sad thinking it’s entertaining and fun.When in fact it’s not at all.Paula Dean,Rachal Ray and the other cooks you belittle would not go there as an entertainment tool.I’ll never watch your show again of that video and your attitude makes us all go Vegan!You and those other people make me sick to my stomach.I invite all the other animal lovers to comment.We don’t need to see that kind of sick harsh cold reality on T.V EVER again.*Your unfan of your show.*
    -Shannon.P.S I celebrate to never watch your show again.Everyone raise your glass and toast to that one.

  32. PhilipE3 on November 12th, 2011 2:12 pm

    I enjoy your show and have been to every place you have been (usually before your show, but sometimes in having to go back taken (“side trips to follow your steps”). I did have a question of why you do not feel Hong Kong instead of Singapore is the largest infusion of food & culture mixes?
    Keep up your repore with Andrew. It works.

  33. Luke on November 17th, 2011 12:45 am

    Love the show Tony. I’ve been catching myself watching the youtube archives of A Cook’s Tour. I do have one gripe… many of your “fans” posting on this website are either sniveling bedwetters or just plain idiots. Keep writing!

  34. Carl Bethea on January 10th, 2012 10:42 am

    I was a fan for a long time until I saw your rant about fat people and airplanes on one episode. I don’t understand why you can be so hard on people that have that as a problem when you have the same issues with excessive drinking and smoking. Paula Deen does not expect anyone to eat her kind of recipes on a daily basis and even refers to the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding as a one severing per lifetime dish. Yes over weight people have issues and part of that is due to our FDA holding out on approving Stevia for years to protect the artificial sweeteners corporate dollars while also allowing corn sugars to invade everything in the market. Yes fat people are an issue but showing that while traveling the best thing to do is get drunk and smoke over and over does not promote a healthy life either. Glass houses and stones.

  35. Doug Johnston on January 18th, 2012 3:03 pm

    Stop being such a pompous ass….you might be an excellent chef but you’re no ones judge.

  36. mark mack on January 23rd, 2012 11:46 pm

    Mr. Bourdain,
    I have enjoyed your show .
    However,the more I get to know you, I have developed a distaste for you and the people behind the travel channel.
    I don’t like your licking your fingers; I don’t like your “gutter class” tatoos and I’m not really interested in food from a drive up truck. You are cool in some ways but I’m beginning to be turned off.
    As for your other travel channel hosts, one is a complete pig, the other she is completely boring; and Zimern is an ass : what kind of person would get a kick out of gutting a defenseless turtle? and the killing a large lizard?
    Complete assholes.

  37. mark mack on January 23rd, 2012 11:49 pm

    How about your opinion?

  38. mark mack on January 23rd, 2012 11:52 pm

    You and I know that the food in the carribean is mediocare,; I saw your show about puerto rico so don’t tell me it was an epicurian delight!

  39. N. on January 27th, 2012 7:07 am

    You’ve been everywhere but Poland! Oh, please come. It will be worth it!

  40. Le carre on February 10th, 2012 6:46 pm

    Love your show Tony but tell me how after all the food you eat you stay skinny? What’s your secret?

  41. Ken Richie on February 14th, 2012 6:50 am

    Tony, as one drunk to another I really tried to watch and enjoy your show but I just can’t do it. Us drunks should stick together. However, the more of you I see the more you remind me of something that fell out of a very small dogs rectum: AKA a skinny pile of dog shit.

  42. Leslie S. Turner on February 15th, 2012 10:10 pm

    Hi Tony,
    I am a big fan. I’ve read several of your books and think you are an excellent writer. You’ve unleashed my inner foodie and changed my life for the better. I now love Pho. I’ve read some of the comments and criticisms in this column and think it’s hilarious how silly some can be.
    I am going to start a food blog soon and comment on those of us who dine solo (without a crew in the background) and you inspired me. Your comments about Paula Deen were right on the money, and now she finally admits to being diabetic. Wish you liked women your own age . . .

  43. Agata on February 28th, 2012 1:24 am

    Tony, I see I’m not the only one pushing Poland on you. Read: sausage. And lots of smoked, cured meats. And pierogi and stuffed cabbage. Oh yeah, and awesome blood sausage. Not to mention Vodka and some very underrated beer.The food is rich, dense and delicious, and the people are some of the most hospitable in the world. Did i say sausage? Remember your Vienna show? It’s like that. But better.

  44. Shiloh on May 3rd, 2012 11:57 pm

    Ya know,..when you head somewhere,you tend to look at different areas of the place.However,each time you have come to Arizona, have only gone to the Mexican border and talked about people going over our borders into the US illegally(you seem to be on the illegals side,..not cool),..and ignored the rest of the state pretty much.Phoenix is a beautiful city filled with a lot of cuisine and cultural beauty.Kingman is an amazing town,with a fine mixture of culinary influences also.Well worthy of the attention you give to the Orient.That seems to be your favorite set of places. Plus,..I’ve never seen you do Montana,
    Washington State,Any other place in Oregon than Portland,not Wyoming,and several of the other western states.C’mon,..give the places in the US that arent high profile a chance,why dont you.Even though Phoenix isnt high profile,it should be.Come,..find out why.(And,dont just do your usual Mexican diners thing.Boring,..)Theres more in this country than Chinese food,New York delis,Mexican food,..and Sub or Philly Cheese steak Sandwiches.

  45. Brian on July 25th, 2012 11:57 pm

    Hello Tony,
    Always admire the fun and drinks you have and where you go. FANS or Tony, ever been to Playa De Carmen in Mexico? I’m going and want to know. What is the best place to eat? What is a traditional food from the region?
    What’s the food of choice and maybe places to go that’s not part of the food chain of tourists.
    I really like authentic food so bring it on.

  46. Kelly on August 24th, 2012 3:23 pm

    I just saw an add that states “No Reservation” will be in it’s final season. Thank you Mr. Bourdain for all that you gave to us. I’m sad, however it’s time to let the Man live his life. I hope you can live in Vietnam like you wanted to.

  47. Structural Engineer on September 1st, 2012 3:45 pm

    going to Pattaya Thailand will be consulting to a project at Catterpilar..what to od after hours I speack French and English

  48. silver silverthorne on October 21st, 2012 11:46 am

    hell yea man ,watch yur program luv it.wacthing u in boston,late nite that head.heard u talking to mr.Ted take care bro keep up the good work BRAVO

  49. Chris Ness on November 5th, 2012 9:08 pm

    I normally enjoy your shows, but especially so tonight watching (the rerun of) your return visit to Vietnam. It is pleasing to see not just how it has changed, but another American who loves the place.
    Coincidentally, tonight will be the last new show of your series. I will miss it.

  50. marte m. buendia jr. on January 21st, 2013 10:30 pm

    tony.i love your show and always looking foward evry week to watch specially asia.singapore,china,wish show go on 4ever.

  51. WDK on May 2nd, 2013 1:21 am

    Anthony Bourdain is an excellent antidote for the poisoning, alienating aggrandizement of a world that seeks to over engineer the simple wonder of our need, adaption and appreciation of food. Sure, he is human and does not always play usefully or well with others -concerning food or talk shows. In fact, in the spotlight, he can easily stumble on his own visions because what he seeks to integrate or appreciate goes well beyond those to which he speaks and much of the time beyond his capacities to communicate with them.

    He has thrown fits with everything that is food preparation. He has eviscerated innocents simply from the habit born from the fact that he could. He has abused his sensibilities and insights, and he has needlessly “vernaculared” his way out of the graces of those who have no clue why his frustrations boil so constantly.

    He has been a pan-throwing, screaming, vein-popping example of, with ultimate authority and credibility, how not to cook with others, and therein also has illustrated in a blunt-force, caveman, way why others perpetuate a system of disdain and indifference toward excellence and reverence for great food while believing they are doing the opposite.

    Yet, the power in his race away from his own public persona cannot help but show, when he simply sits with a culture and its food and appreciates its origins and honest practitioners, not through dare of trial but rather just an honest feeling of what good and appropriate can really bring to the human spirit.

    Watch him, when no one else of note, prominence or promise is there, when only the food and the culture wander in, to push the senses and sensibilities. This is a time when he just gets to appreciate his own deep appreciation. Watch him then, as he goes beyond the camera, away from clever thought and judging and to the heart of the native tongue and need as one.

    We are all just one tantrum away from impressing ourselves into oblivion. Sometimes those outbursts are guised as sage, in judgment of others. Nowhere is this more resplendent than in our modern celebration of the culinary arts. We are losing something in the humanity of food to discretionary time and money, which give us the self-anointed credibility to judge what is good. Mr. Bourdain, in spite of himself, brings us a little back. A little back toward the quiet appreciation for what we can have out of necessity, hunger and the tradition of cultural and larder habit –and yes, that it applies to us all. In an endless drivel and din of tweaks of the same forgettable food, the quiet –un-Bourdain moments of Anthony Bourdain’s journey is a real legacy and enduring thing for those who, for those same moments, lose themselves as well.

    As his hard edges dim, his visceral insight clarifies. Food can be transformational, however, not intentionally. Quality is intentional. It is the spirit and traditional context of the thing that transforms us, as we simply and humbly share need. That is need and desire to be transformed. Without them, we satisfy hunger and not the soul.

    This man is beginning to stumble us into the glory of such. What is to be criticized in that? He is coming a long way to get there, and it appears that he is just starting to subordinate himself to the process.

    He is an emissary to other worlds. He simply does not play well with his own kind. They should watch. There is much to fall into. Bravo!

  52. Ann Hayes on May 7th, 2013 6:02 pm

    Mr. Bourdain,
    Can I just say we love it when people come to Canada and tell us how to run the country. I promise you there’s no way you would have had access to two top chefs in Quebec, speaking in English, if you had not been a celebrity with a French surname. Ordinary people like me are not spoken to in English, just ignored, and ignored also if we speak fluent French, just not the Quebecois style – 16th century/slang. It is about impossible to learn to speak English at school in Quebec, and there’s many a teenager who could not form a proper sentence in English whatever they needed to say. People all over the world know that English is the business language of the world, but a minority in Quebec disagree, and they have taken a completely ridiculous stance. Will they ever form their own country – lots of us wish they would, but they never will. Too many perks being a Canadian. Every village in this entire country has every road sign, government documents, EVERYTHING in both languages, yet we get to get and even highway signs in Quebec are not in both languages. They hate all things English and all things not Quebecois. Don’t come back and pull this **** again Mr. Bourdain and make a fool of yourself to the people who really know what’s going on up here.

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