In A Cook’s Tour, Anthony Bourdain is on a trip around the world in search of the perfect meal. On his adventure, he tries seemingly everything, including a still beating cobra heart, Fugu (poisonous blowfish), and sheep’s testicles…to name a few. He visits Cambodia, Vietnam, France, Portugal, Napa, Japan, and Russia, stays in all sorts of accommodations, treks across deserts, and is served by women in their homes and also by famous chefs. The food, the countries, the experiences, this book runs the gamut.
The wide variety in the book keeps it interesting. I also found him to be less arrogant in this book, as compared to The Nasty Bits. This wasn’t exactly a book I couldn’t put down, but it was a book that was easy to pick up and immediately get back into.
As for the perfect meal? It’s not necessarily about what you’re eating or who prepared it. You may not even realize it’s the perfect meal while you’re eating it. And, more likely, there isn’t just one perfect meal. A meal being perfect or not is also influenced by the people you share it with, and where and who you are at that time in your life.
I’d like to get my hands on the DVDs and watch the footage, particularly from the time he spent in Morocco.