Anthony Bourdain's cookbook "Appetites" is a wonderful read. In his breakfast section, for example, on the recipe for home fries, there is no recipe just a mild rant on why breakfast potatoes are a no. Full of ancedotes and Tony-isms, I read more than cooked this book. Full of color, this book will transport you all over the world. 5 Stars.
I'm trying to figure out who this egomaniac is? I guess he's a good chef but the photos in this book are really gross and over the top. Photos of dirty pans with bits of food left in them. Soup that is sloshed out of the bowl and strewn across the counter. Tacky.
Enjoyed some of the stories posted with the recipes. Most of the recipes call for special ingredients that I would not even know where to find in my area.
I did like the potato salad recipe. It's a keeper and is much better than the potato salad I have been making for years.
This is Bourdain at his most Bourdain-y: full of profanity, blood, an IDGAF attitude, jiujitsu, off cuts, etc. At the end of the day, all I really care about is the quality of the recipes. I only made two, the meatballs and the cauliflower, but they were both goooood.
The recipe is just so so. A very messy looking and just graphic book, not entirely a recipe/cook book. There is some humor involved but is on the vegetarians. Beware.
Mundane recipes and a self congratulatory tone. Tony's finally jumped the shark. This doesn't detract from Kitchen Confidential, the Les Halles cookbook, or his television work: but he's phoning it in with this one.
Parenting hasn't smoothed out the edge, but there are some useful dad-sy recipes and as always great writing. Trigger warning for vegetarians! - some images you may not care for.
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