October 29, 2016
|The book that put chef/author/media personality Anthony Bourdain on the map|
Never doubt the power of a child, however. At the age of fifty, Bourdain was blessed with the birth of his one and only child Ariane, an event he acknowledges came at the right time for him in his newest literary release "Appetites: A Cookbook." As he noted in the introduction, "I was no longer the star of my own movie - or any movie. Like most people who write books or appear on television...I am a monster of self-regard. Fatherhood has been an enormous relief, as I am now genetically, instinctually compelled to care more about someone other than myself."
|Bourdain touts his latest cookbook "Appetites" as "the dishes that|
I like to eat and that I like to feed my family and friends."
|Bourdain had no problem reaching all the gathered this night at the|
Palace Theatre, even folks perched up in the catbird seats like us
But even Bourdain himself admitted that as brusquely opinionated as he can be, his beliefs are not necessarily as simple as most people or he himself might prefer (as noted in an October 2016 Vogue Magazine article, Bourdain noted that the only thing he truly believed in was doubt, adding that "the root cause of all of life's problems is looking for a simple f***ing answer.") He admitted to being a something of a hypocrite in that he has spent extra time avoiding situations where either dogs or cats (animals he thinks of as pets, not food) are part of the dishes he's served. However, he followed up by adding that if he were surprised in someone's home by such a dish, he hoped he would be able to show good manners and accept the host's offering.
|The folks from German Village's The Book Loft had plenty of|
Bourdain's literary works available for purchase at the show
He also offered updates on show regulars Chef Eric Ripert (after Ripert good-naturedly endured the spicy and numbing cuisine of China's Sichuan Province, Ripert may get the better of him in a possible future skiing the French Alps episode, Bourdain said) and Zamir Gotta (he noted that while another collaboration wasn't imminent, Gotta was currently busy launching his Zamir Vodka through Buffalo, NY based distillery Honeoye Falls.)
A subsequent question about his first Waffle House experience with Chef Sean Brock led to his musing that plenty of top New York chefs would secretly love to do a shift in the kitchen of this Southeastern U.S. staple. Suddenly, like the last wisp of smoke from an extinguished cigarette, he waved to the crowd and bounded offstage, proclaiming that he'd meet us all at Waffle House. The chef, with no reservations, had left the theater, but this time to parts well-known (as he explained to some disappointment during the Q&A session, Bourdain would have to take off immediately after the show up to Detroit, and as he had arrived in Columbus that day, there would be no explorations of the the local food scene on this trip in.)
|The fans file out of the show, some I'm sure with Waffle House on their minds|
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Anthony Bourdain "Appetites: A Cookbook"
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