He's the Lou Reed of the cooking industry, except perhaps Anthony has overcome his demons to become a tad more mainstream than the former leader of the Velvet Underground ever dared.
Still, let's take a walk on the wild side.
Anthony is an American chef - and admittedly, I've never been lucky enough to eat any of his dishes at any of his restaurants, but having watched him evolve over the years via television and other media, I am convinced that he knows what he is doing.
While I don't tend to blindly follow what anyone says without doing a bit of homework on any topic, I have to do a bit less homework when it comes to Anthony.
I tend to respect a guy who has sampled the world - both legally and illegally - has come to grips with it, doesn't mind talking about it, and is smart enough to continue evolving himself.
Besides being a chef and author - along with cook books, a wonderful insider look at his own life, and even a detective novel and even a DC Comics comic book - Get Jiro!, and some voice-over cartoon work on Archer and The Simpsons - I have also watched his numerous cooking shows.
|A page from the Get Jiro! DC comic book written by Anthony Bourdain.|
In Parts Unknown, he travels around the world, often hooking up with old chef friends and colleagues he has admired... but because it's CNN he's working for, there is often also a political bent to things - or at least something which helps explain why certain styles of foods/cuisine exist, or why they are made the way they are made.
I was particularly amused when he went to Thailand and saw a transvestite stage show.
Regular readers will know I accidentally wandered into a transvestite lady boy dance club while in Singapore and had a beer and a few dances with the locals before I realized I wasn't the luckiest dude on the planet and these hot women were simply men dressed as hot women. What was cool was they knew my friend James and I were in the "wrong" place and didn't try to take advantage of us - which was appreciated - instead, it was a fun time for all. Be did beat a hasty retreat eventually, and were somewhat more cautious about the next bar we entered.
Anyhow, although the show is now in Season Three, back in Season Two on November 3, 2013 - yes, that's how long I've been sitting on this story! - Anthony went to Tokyo.
And rather than just sample some of the local sushi and noodle huts, Anthony takes the viewer into the Tokyo Underground - hunh... I never saw this coming when I wrote that Lou Reed thing at the top - and shows us what he says is the best effing show on the planet.
Here's how he introduces us to that:
All I can say is that when people think about the hot Japanese babe that seems to be stereotypical, the club Anthony takes us to proves that the stereotype exists - in great numbers.
Later on he takes us to other parts of the underground, showing us non-sexual places where men can feel like men, and women can feel like women - all without anyone having to blow a wad - except in money, of course. I'm not showing that, though.
Later still, we see him hook up with a Japanese chef who basically got him interested in Japanese food - a chef who is also a karate master and has the huge knuckles to prove it, noting that when he was living in New York he would often partake in the underground illegal fight scene, you know, like Fight Club - only this is real.
It's an effing excellent program, and I heartily recommend anyone interested in learning a bit more about the world to check out Anthony's varied career in book form or via this television show currently on.
If it makes a difference, he swears like a mutha-fugger, drinks like, well, like I used to, and offers up sexually profane language - like I do, but only in the most intimate of settings.