The sometimes â€“ OK, frequently â€“ caustic travel and food writer Anthony Bourdain has outdone himself in a raw, and lengthy, new Playboy interview.
Never shy, and always outspoken, Bourdain â€“ a former chef himself â€“ has seen much success with his books and a highly successful show on the Travel Channel. He is sardonic in his wit and at times thermonuclear in his opinions â€“ of which he has many. While those may not always be charming qualities, Bourdain is an original and always entertaining.
In the wide-ranging Play Boy interview, Bourdain covers many topics â€“ some familiar and some not so much. He waxes on politics, food, international travel and even â€“ perhaps not surprisingly â€“ rips on a few of his fellow chefs. But Bourdain also openly discusses fatherhood, drug addiction and love.
Here are a few of the more entertaining highlights:
- On eating testicles: â€œSheep testicles are good, though I donâ€™t like beef testicles that much.â€
- On men cooking: â€œLearn how to cook a f***ing omelet. I mean, what nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast? You look good doing it, and itâ€™s a nice thing to do for somebody you just had sex with.â€
- On vegetarians: â€œThey make for bad travelers and bad guests.â€
- On vegans: â€œI donâ€™t have an understanding of it. Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.â€
- On sending dishes back at a restaurant: â€œNever. Iâ€™ll still tip 20 percent and Iâ€™ll be polite, but I wonâ€™t come back.â€
- On why he only smokes marijuana while traveling: â€œWhen Iâ€™m in New York, Iâ€™m a dad. Iâ€™m with my daughter, or I have to be available to her and I want to keep an active brain.â€
- On other drugs: â€œIâ€™ve kind of burned all my bridges there. I canâ€™t do heroin. I like, but I canâ€™t do it. Iâ€™m an addict and thereâ€™s no f***ing way.â€
- On wine: â€œIâ€™m not a wine snob. I donâ€™t care if itâ€™s $2 or $2,000. Iâ€™m happy.â€
- On Mario Batali: â€œHeâ€™s a monster of rock and rollâ€¦ Heâ€™s the smartest chef there is. There is no chef smarter, or funnier or faster.â€
- On Wolfgang Puck: â€œListen, Iâ€™m not eating in his sh***y pizza restaurants. I think itâ€™s bullshit, and it breaks my heart to see him on QVC or whatever, but the fact is he paid his dues. Heâ€™s an important guy.
These quotes are a mere sampling â€“ an appetizer if you will. The entire article rolls along at a steady clip and every moment of the ride is worth it. Love him or hate him â€“ thereâ€™s little margin in between with Anthony Bourdain.
Chris Huston has always had wanderlust and a hungry belly. Maybe thatâ€™s why he feels a cosmic one-ness with Anthony Bourdain. He wanted to do careers in nursing but ended up doing another healthcare career.