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Foodie Idol Anthony Bourdain Coming to Cobb Energy Centre

On the evening of November 20, Anthony Bourdain, author and TV host of The Travel Channel’s No Reservations will be speaking at the Cobb Energy Centre and dishing on life as a globe-trotting food lover and writer.

Season six of his Emmy nominated show just finished and he’s on the heels of publishing his latest book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.  Like the title suggests the book is a candid look at popular food culture today, and the realm of people that inhabit it.

I recently had a phone conversation with Anthony where he dished passionately and humorously about food and life on the road. Mr. Bourdain sounds exactly like he does on television. His descriptions and story telling are just as colorful off camera as they are on.  What you see is what you get.

Some of his favorite cuisines are Vietnamese street food, high end Japanese, rustic Italian—which he stated have been some of his happiest meals, and Spanish ham.

I then asked him about some of the funkier things that he has eaten that he wanted to spit out.  He instantly responded that “rotten Icelandic shark (hákarl) that [Icelanders] eat on a national holiday (Þorramatur) would make you run out of the room on the stench alone.”

Ok, so on the other end of that spectrum I asked him what was delicious that a lot of us would find squeamish?  He said the “famous cheese from Sardinia (casu marzu) wriggling with maggots*” came to mind.
*Fly larvae are deliberately introduced to break down the cheese fats and soften the texture.

And then he went on an eloquent diatribe about the “suckling pig” like qualities of cuy (guinea pig, a protein staple in some South Americans’ diet), and how if it were more universally embraced “it could cure world hunger.”

He then gave his two cents about Korean food, which he LOVES (specifically barbecue), and talked about how he respects that for the most part it hasn’t “compromised, or dumbed down” here in America.  He loves “spicy, funky” kimchi, and when he has two or three days back home in between shooting or touring he and his wife will usually go do Korean barbecue on their date nights.

Death row meal?  In the past he has mentioned roasted bone marrow but his current answer is some San Diego uni (sea urchin roe) and really good sushi—all made with top flight rice and seaweed.

The million dollar question:  No Reservations - Atlanta?  The short answer – “Maybe, possibly, but not immediately..”  I should add that he didn’t sound dismissive here, and he gave nods to spots such as Clermont Lounge and Fat Matt’s Rib Shack.

Anthony Bourdain, John A. Williams Theatre-Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.  Saturday, November 20, 8:00 p.mTickets can be purchased here, or copy and paste the link below in your browser’s address bar:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115457/1214351?brand=cepac&camefrom=CFC_COBBPAC

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holland

October 19th, 2010
8:23 am

So excited…have had my tickets for MONTHS!!! Wish we could go on some kind of culinary adventure up BuHi with him…THAT would be AWESOME!

Ima Glutton

October 19th, 2010
8:35 am

Veal Cheek Tacos at INC in Roswell. DimSum at Canton House in Chamblee. Come-on Tony, that’s pretty “street.”

Gretchen

October 19th, 2010
8:39 am

If I wasn’t going to the Black Crowes concert that night I’d definately go see him. Anthony is one of the BEST!

Matt

October 19th, 2010
8:39 am

Ahhhhh…..snark rules!!

dan

October 19th, 2010
8:45 am

do not get the appeal…

Kendall Lockerman

October 19th, 2010
8:47 am

It’s an elegant diatribe, not a elegant diatribe. Good grief!

Gene Lee

October 19th, 2010
9:10 am

@Kendall Oh my, we’re both wrong! It’s “an eloquent” and not elegant. But thanks for pointing out the article misuse, it has been corrected.

Reds

October 19th, 2010
9:13 am

I love his show. I adored him before he really took off… His books are pretty awesome. My uncle was recently on his show when he was in Madrid a few weeks ago. I love his bad boy attitude :)

But, I won’t be paying $45+ to see him, specially not that close to Christmas. :(

Stephanie

October 19th, 2010
9:16 am

Mr. Bourdain is the best! Without a doubt I will be in the audience!

bent

October 19th, 2010
9:27 am

Went to both the Clairmont and Fat Matts couple weekends ago for my 23rd birthday. Stay ffffffffflllllllllllyyyyyyyy

ZW

October 19th, 2010
9:31 am

Would love to see him, but tickets aren’t cheap!

dum sin

October 19th, 2010
9:37 am

..yes Matt…. snark rules…television at it’s finest

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Dana

October 19th, 2010
9:56 am

I went to a book signing of his years ago at the Borders in Buckhead- his second book, before he did his show on the Travel Channel. He seemed really nervous while reading a chapter of his book to the maybe 30-40 people there. I found that so charming and have loved him since.

Gene Lee

October 19th, 2010
10:08 am

@Dana, that’s a great story! He was extremely pleasant and forthcoming on our phone call as well..

jimmy

October 19th, 2010
10:14 am

Gene – readers are pointing out typos – you’ve made the bigs!

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Bernie Madoff

October 19th, 2010
11:01 am

Does Fatt Macks deliver? I would love some ribs.

Charlotte

October 19th, 2010
11:05 am

I have watched Anthony Bourdain on the travel channel and food netword for years. I would
love to see him in person BUT I cannot afford $45. If I had an extra $45 dollars it would go
towards food for me or the people I help. We are in a deep recession for God’s sake.

dre

October 19th, 2010
1:01 pm

Other than his good looks, not sure what the appeal is. Doesn’t bring much to the table if you’ll pardon the pun. Give me the short, fat guy who eats all sorts of testicles and now we’re talking!

KG

October 19th, 2010
1:03 pm

I love his show- I think it’s one of the best on TV. I’d like to go see him, but ticket prices are really steep (ironic considering how anti-elite and everyman Bourdain often presents himself). But if people are willing to pay to see him I can’t blame him for making a buck.

KJ

October 19th, 2010
1:17 pm

I’d go in a heartbeat, but have plans already. And really, pointing out that “we are in a deep recession” is just an excuse. I’m not sure who your collective “we” is, but a lot of people are still able to get out and enjoy events around town,. Stop acting like it’s some major offense just because you can’t afford to go at this time.

M. Johnson

October 19th, 2010
1:25 pm

I love Bordain, I’ve read his books and enjoy his shows. However, I don’t get the point of paying to hear a chef speak about food, especially if there is no cooking demo. That’s the whole point of the shows, which are FREE.

Am I missing something?

deegee

October 19th, 2010
2:04 pm

Gene Lee

October 19th, 2010
2:52 pm

@Bernie Madoff – You might want to check Zifty.com and see if they deliver Fat Matt’s in your area

@M. Johnson – Bourdain is a retired chef from the restaurant world and has moved on to being a food writer/tv host. Since he’s more associated to that role, putting on a cooking demo (while not a bad idea) probably doesn’t make sense for him as he has become more known for No Reservations, where he primarily tells travel/food stories and generally does not cook on it. As far as the cost of his upcoming show, well I can’t help you there.

The Real Chef

October 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

Fat Matt’s??? Really? I think I just threw up. A lot.

That is the nastiest, ‘home-owned’ BBQ joint I’ve ever been in. And I’m talking about the food. I mean the sauced fat they serve.

No thanks, I’ll stick with cooking my own. But ya’ll have fun.

dan

October 19th, 2010
4:23 pm

Fat Matts is an Atlanta institution all right…once is understandable, more than that and you are crazy…it is nizasty…and Bourdain is anything but an everyman,,,elitist, maybe. Again, wtf is the appeal…it’s an ex heroin addict talkin bout food…wow.

BillS

October 19th, 2010
4:31 pm

Nice, but $45+???????? Way overpriced. Is he getting all this cash or the sponsor? Too many other good shows around town a lot cheaper

Bacchus

October 19th, 2010
4:48 pm

Tony doing a show on ATL…*yawn*. Unless he’s hitch-hiking down Buford Highway and hitting all the Mexican and Asian joints, I’ll pass. This town’s not quite foodie or unique enough to justify a show. The Charleston episode covered Southern cooking and BBQ well enough and Atlanta’s got that and some incarnation of every other type of exported food culture from around the US and the world.

I’m sure he’ll bring his wit to Cobb Energy, but I’d rather watch him on TV doing a show in Southeast Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, or South America. No Reservations is inspirational journalism that should open people up to the world’s food cultures.

justine

October 20th, 2010
4:52 am

I love AB for several reasons. The first and most important is that he has respect for people of all nationalities and recognizes that cultural differences are just that cultural differences. I also respect the fact he is not always at the fanciest of restaurants, even in this country. I believe some of his best shows have been in rural areas and in Africa. I especially like his show where he visited the Muslim woman who showed him around her country from her perspective. I also enjoyed the one in Beruit where he found himself in the middle of a war. The way he handled the situation is a testament to him and to the human spirit.

Jeff

October 20th, 2010
5:22 am

This man is the most arrogant, pompous, self-centered jerk in the world….. I did a wine dinner with him, as a “team”, at the Bermuda Culinary Arts Festival, and was pretty much sick to my stomach sitting at the same table listening to this man talk about himself….. ps-my wines showed great, and his food sucked.

globeflyer

October 20th, 2010
12:00 pm

I made a decision a long time ago to never put any creedence in a TV personality who gets involved in politics. I used to watch Bourdain’s show, and enjoyed it, till he opened his (political) mouth. His entertainment factor plummeted.

cyndi

October 20th, 2010
12:12 pm

Watching and listening to AB on tv just gets me excited about traveling to new places and trying foods outside my comfort zone. When Iived in Mexico to study Spanish all my friends warned me do NOT eat the street food no matter how good it looks. AB is always eating the street food! I would love to see him!

Steven A.

October 20th, 2010
12:42 pm

I hope Bourdain sees more of Atlanta while he’s here than the area in and around the Cobb Energy Center, as big a cultural, culinary, and architectural black hole as any place in the city. And I say this as someone who works and at one time lived within walking distance of the CEC. I’ve attended four events there, and on EVERY occasion the performer or speaker has commented on how barren and lifeless the surrounding area is and wondering aloud if all of Atlanta resembles this sad wasteland of malls, chain restaurants, and vacant office buildings with little actual residential life to be seen and no pedestrian-friendly areas whatsoever. The CEC is nice enough inside, but its location reflects very poorly on our city.

Barbara

October 21st, 2010
5:02 pm

I just came back from Saint Marteen and enjoyed a great lunch at an LOL there on the French side of the island “Rosemary’s” The reason we stopped there for lunch you ask-Rosemary had a picture out front of her with Anthony Bourdain in the cafe along with an article he wrote about the experience of her wonderful food for the NY Times. The shrimp salad that she made specially for us as we wanted something lighter than the menu items featured that day were to die for!