For all of you TV buffs aching for something new to watch while the final episodes of your favorite shows are burned off over the next two weeks and the realization sets in that none of your old favorites will be returning to prime time any time soon because of the ongoing writer’s strike, it’s time to rejoice…because Uncle Tony is back!
That’s right, Anthony Bourdain returns to the Travel Channel for all new episodes of No Reservations, Mondays at 10/9 Central. As many of you know Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations was ranked 6th in The Blot’s Top 10 Cable Television Shows of 2007 and there is good reason for it. This show is amazing. Tony lives the life I’d want to live, traveling around the globe to exotic locations eating some of the craziest food I’ve ever seen. But it’s not all cow brains and sheep intestines, Bourdain also takes viewers into some of the finest restaurants to show us what goes in to creating such wonderful and eccentric dishes. Sampling some of the best and most innovative food out there, Bourdain’s unique point of view and storytelling turns what could be an average television show about food into so much more.
He doesn’t just try out the food of the countries he visits, he explores the connection people have with their food and how these dishes represent the culture they come from. The show is very entertaining and I definitely recommend watching or dvr’ing it this Monday! This week’s episode was about Singapore, which if you missed was really entertaining and exposed me to animals and dishes I had honestly never heard of before. In next week’s episode (on January 14th) Tony “finds himself in Berlin, a city that is both good and evil, eastern and western, repulsive and appealing. (link) If you’re interested, you can find the official television listing for current episodes and all repeats of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations here.
Strangely enough, you can also now watch Mr. Bourdain’s first foray into television, A Cook’s Tour, back on its original network, the Food Network. After ending his show on the Food Network years ago and moving to the Travel Channel to start his current show, the Food Network had decided to dust off the cobwebs and start re-airing this instant classic. A Cook’s Tour can be found once again on the Food Network every Tuesday at 10:30/9:30 Central. I’ve only seen a handful of episodes from this incarnation of Bourdain’s food and travel show, but they have been equally as entertaining as No Reservations and are must see TV for any foodie or Bourdainian.
The A.V. Club also posted a new interview with Chef Bourdain today. As one never afraid to speak his mind and always gives his honest opinion on all issues, including his disdain for most of the Food Network’s talking heads, it’s a pretty entertaining read. You can check it out here.
You can also follow Anthony Bourdain’s exploits at his blog over on the Travel Channel’s website.