Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Food Fight: New Yorker Disses Bourdain (VIDEO)

"Anthony Bourdain is more mainstream than ever these days, having parlayed his wildly successful Travel Channel program "No Reservations" into a forthcoming food and travel show on CNN, a reality cooking program on ABC with Nigella Lawson and a PBS program with David Chang. He owes this perhaps to his famously vulgar and slightly misanthropic take on gustatory adventuring, which despite itself, has enjoyed more popularity than notoriety.

But not everyone is a fan: Bourdain's shtick recently attracted the attention of food writer Tamar Adler, a former Chez Panisse cook and author of the popular book "An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace." On Friday, Adler took to the online pages of The New Yorker's Culture Desk to accuse Bourdain, among other things, of warping the experience of eating into an obnoxious "demonstration of virility."

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