Spain is the New Heaven
Posted 18 August 2008 - 09:30 PM
Fortunately the Travel Channel lives by repeats so this will appear again (and again..).
Posted 19 August 2008 - 08:56 AM
I need to be Bourdain's travel buddy and adventure/karaoke singing/thrill-seeking stand-in. I'll do the stuff he doesn't enjoy doing. Except I'll partake in enjoying the food and wine as well. Can't pass that up.
Posted 19 August 2008 - 05:47 PM
For me, it's among the best shows to date, in what is shaping up to be perhaps the best season of "No Reservations", perhaps for the reason that, as Bourdain repeatedly says, "Travel changes you". Bourdain seems much more calm and introspective this year (maybe because he's been a lot of places now; maybe because he went to Laos, in a beautifully done season opener--his reflection of the travel show host's dilemma was poignant, to the effect of "in showing [the wonders we see], we destroy what we love [by directing hordes of camera-toting tourists to visited locations]) and has allowed the topics and peoples of study be front-stage center. Witness the touching episode on Korea. I hope that this trend continues, that he'll no longer feel like he has to let his outsize personality carry the show. Would that all travel show hosts learn this sentiment.
That Laos episode, along with the Spain one, almost makes up for the f&^%$Hg godawful episodes on Viet Nam, Jersey, and anything he's done with the slimy Russian sidekick. Almost.
Posted 20 August 2008 - 02:54 PM
Overall, I think Bourdain makes an excellent person to watch on TV, whether it be No Reservations or Top Chef. While his narrating may not be all his own writing, his off-the-cuff comments are usually very witty and hilarious.
I do agree that the episodes in New Jersey, Las Vegas, Eastern Europe/former Soviet republics, and a few others were horrible in terms of food interest, but they are entertaining for the travel value alone.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:02 AM
Nana has nothing more in common stylistically with Ferran Adria's cuisine than does Bobo China.
Having actually eaten at both places, rather than forming my opinion from television, I can say that Nana doesn't try to be El Bulli, but Anthony does showcase that style in a positive way.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:40 AM
Compare Ferran Adria's books with Nana's menu. Nana is mainstream New American cooking, and enjoyable as such. Its food is informed by French, Italian and Spanish influences but not especially, if at all, by El Bulli. El Bulli is off in its own orbit. Aside from difficulty sourcing the same ingredients most of the recipes require special equipment or chemicals.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 05:42 PM
Yes. He seems to be maturing as a presenter. In earlier shows it was 'all about him'. In this show (and maybe in other recent shows that I missed) he is letting his interviewees talk more, asking them better questions, and in so doing letting them reveal more about what makes them tick.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 09:55 AM
Pretty uninformative post, Wurz. What you should have said was that the recipes (under 'Master Recipes') are absolutely flabergasting. A collection of molecular gastronomy and other recipes on a par with some of the best cook books. Looking at the speakers I have never seen so much MG intellectual firepower on display in one place.