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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide Audio CD – Unabridged, April 20, 2021
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A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond.
In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.
Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Chris; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes sly, witty illustrations by cartoonist Tony Millionaire.
For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.
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"Bourdain's thoughts on places exotic and well known, blended into a kind of Baedeker for the hipster set...It makes for an exhilarating whirlwind tour."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Gordon's casual, friendly tone, reminiscent of Bourdain's own personal style, makes it easy for listeners to imagine traveling the world with him. Interspersed throughout are essays by some of those who knew him, each narrated by its author. The affection expressed for the late travel show host and writer is one of the most memorable features of this listening experience."-- "AudioFile"
"It's the 'World according to Tony'--a browsable compendium of his matchless commentary on worthy destinations in forty-three countries."-- "People"
"An impressive food-obsessed travel guide...This gloriously messy miscellany of off-kilter observations and lightning-in-a-bottle insights will make one want to read, eat, and experience the world the way Bourdain did."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"There will never be anyone quite like Anthony Bourdain. But World Travel offers readers the potential to travel the world as he did."-- "Fortune"
Charming...Irresistible...An exhilarating and worthwhile choice for those planning an actual trip and for stay-at-home travelers."-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
About the Author
Anthony Bourdain (1956 2018) was an American celebrity chef, author, travel writer, and television personality in programs focused on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. His books Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw were New York Times bestsellers. Hegraduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America and began running kitchens at New York restaurants such as Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivans. His extensive body of work has graced the pages of the New York Times, Londons Times and Observer, the Face, and Scotland on Sunday. And his works of fiction include the crime novels Gone Bamboo and Bone in the Throat.
Laurie Woolever is a writer and editor, and spent nearly a decade assisting Anthony Bourdain, with whom she coauthored the cookbook Appetites in 2016. Shes written about food and travel for the New York Times, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and others, and has worked as an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator.
- Publisher : HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (April 20, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1799943410
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799943419
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.1 x 5.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #569,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most of the book is dry, expositional content - it contains information in a place you’d never actually turn to as a resource if you needed the information in the first place. AB was a storyteller and this book doesn’t tell a story - it contains information that a reasonable person would google interspersed with quotes from some of his TV shows. I don’t want to read about Argentinian bus lines, or how to get to and from the airport, or a reminder that crossing international boundaries requires proper paperwork and a pass through customs.
This book has no narrative value nor is it valuable as an actual travel guide - half the information is already outdated between the time the words were written and the time they were printed. It would be like hanging a dry erase board and trying to re-write the time every second instead of just buying a clock.
The idea for this book was clearly in its infancy when the author discussed it with Bourdain. I’m sure she did her best to try and extrapolate what he envisioned for the book, but this feels far off the mark. In the introduction she says that the basis for this book was an hour long conversation she had one night with Bourdain; if he were still alive, this would have been a very different book and that’s why it never should have been promoted as a collaboration with him. The feeling of reading this book is evocative of watching a cover band do a bad rendition of your favorite songs. His lack of input is evident. His absence is never felt more strongly than in these pages.
I was hoping for some of his unreleased writings, some more of his worldview, some more of his insight. If you’re considering buying this because you’re a fan of Bourdain’s work, I would pass because I didn’t feel him at all in this book. It doesn’t even feel like a tribute to his past work due to its eminently unreadable, textbook-like execution. This feels like exactly the type of thing that would have provoked his derision.
It is a major disappointment.
For each location there is a section about how to get there and how to get around; and then some places to visit, and of course places to eat. Quotes and advice from Anthony Bourdain are written in bold print in each section, so that they stand out from the rest of the text which is more general information that has been compiled by other people. It seems like most, if not all of these quotes are directly from his TV shows.
Even though there was less previously unreleased content directly from Bourdain than I had expected, it still contains quite a bit of his own personal take on all of these interesting places. Anyone that watched his shows can probably imagine or remember him saying some of these things, and recall his distinct and charismatic personality.
I hope that most of these places are still open and will survive the lack of tourism during the pandemic, as this seems like a useful collection of information and tips about some great places I'd like to visit sometime in the future.
RIP to an incredible person, at least he lived an amazing life full of remarkable experiences.
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Apparently the author worked for him for several years, but I can only imagine if she tried to publish this while he was still alive, he'd have sacked her on the spot, and kicked her ass from one end of Manhattan to the other.
Countries on every populated continent are listed alphabetical with several countries, especially the United States, having several entries for separate places. The book is a mixture of Anthony Bourdain’s quotes from his various TV programmes, information about places he enjoyed eating in every entry, and in some cases recommended places to stay.
It also has information on which airports to use for each destination and helpful detail on taxis and public transport from each airport. The book could be used for reference - to find restaurant recommendations and ideas of places (nearly always luxury accommodation here) to stay, along with airport transport information.
Alternatively, it can be used and enjoyed as I did, by reading the book and enjoying the entries from cover to cover.
The book is illustrated throughout with some very enjoyable drawings and features a number of short articles by people who had experienced a destination with Bourdain.
The book is neither a travel guide, nor a food guide, nor a memoir - it is a little of all these things, and is unique in my experience of travel books as a result - but it is enjoyable to read, and I will return to it for ideas when we can travel again