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The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by [Anthony Bourdain]

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In this typically bold effort, Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential), like the fine chef he is, pulls together an entertaining feast from the detritus of his years of cooking and traveling. Arranged around the basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (a Japanese term for a taste the defies description), this scattershot collection of anecdotes puts Bourdain's brave palate, notorious sense of adventure and fine writing on display. From the horrifying opening passages, where he joins an Arctic family in devouring a freshly slaughtered seal, to a final work of fiction, the text may disappoint those who've come to expect more honed kitchen insights from the chef. Surprisingly, though, the less substantive kitchen material Bourdain has to work from only showcases his talent for observation. This book isn't for the effete foodies Bourdain clearly despises (though they'd do well to read it). He criticizes celebrity chefs, using Rocco DiSpirito as a "cautionary tale," and commends restaurants that still serve stomach-turning if palate-pleasing dishes, such as New York's Pierre au Tunnel (now closed), which offered tête de veau, essentially "calf's face, rolled up and tied with its tongue and thymus gland." Fans of Bourdain's hunger for the edge will gleefully consume this never-boring book.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) is the author of the bestselling Kitchen Confidential, the Urban Historical Typhoid Mary, and A Cook's Tour, which was turned into a successful series by the same name for the Food Network. His novels include The Bobby Gold Stories, Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002UM5BHS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury USA; 1st edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 10, 2008
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 843 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1596913606
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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