Wednesday, August 8, 2007

BORE-DAIN

The title is typical New York Post: rude, attention getting and just misleading enough to piss you off but not so off-topic that you don't feel slightly guilty for thinking that someone was trying to sucker you. The author of BORE-DAIN professes to be put-off by watching Anthony Bourdain eat eyeballs on the latest installment of "No Reservations" and appears to be non-plussed by all shows that feature people eating while ululating all over their seats. Count me in, mostly.

Unless the eating is being driven by a strong story line (e.g. Babette's Feast) I typically have zero interest in watching anyone eat; let alone Rachel Ray or Giadda De Laurentiis -neither of whom could tell a story from a storefront. And for the most part I don't get the mastication-porn craze that has taken hold of the nervous systems of Food TV programmers and audiences like so much chewable crack. But Bourdain usually does have a strong story line and a speaking style that is more than able to deliver it. He's as eloquent on camera as he is in print, and in his show does a much better job of conveying the humanity of the people he treats -and himself- than he is typically willing to do in type.


BORE-DAIN

5 comments:

french tart said...

i haven't seen the latest No Reservations, but yeah i have to agree that i dont like watching people eat on tv nor hearing them chew. the #1 reason (and i have many, many of them) why i dislike the di laurentiis chick so much is because she talks with food in her mouth. drives me up the wall.

blondee47 said...

I actually disliked anthony bourdain and his angle on food and chefism..but the more i read blogs and the more i see lunacy on food network, the more endearing he is...with him its honesty and no bullshit (no pun intended but with AB who knows!) but more importantly it is my belief that he truly believes in what he does and therefore does it honestly...

Tags said...

You'd think that with his 6th grade education, Jethro Bo Deen would be able to spell "Bourdain" right.

kristin said...

It is fear of the unknown. Food Network clearly plays it safe which is why you do not see their personalities risk much ( ok Alton Brown eatting alligator on Feasting on Asphalt 2 was a departure for them.) on their shows. They have gone far to ensure that their programing is "vanilla". Not taking away anything from Alton or Emeril but really, Food Network is far too boring. Tony is engaging and entertaining and the fact that he is willing to be adventuresome in eatting is far more entertaining and interesting to watch than Rachel and Giada.

The Foodist said...

I think the thing that attracts me most to watching No Reservations is the absolute respect you see he holds with all the people he eats with.

Eating Geoduck on a beach kneedeep in mud with the man who spends his life farming it? eating a whole seal with the Enuite?..

I think no reservations is so anti-food network in the sense that it seems less about the food, and more about the people eating the food and what foods bring us together.

at least to me...