Bourdain Cooks Up Life's Lessons
Those are the first words on the page that jump out at me as I read an interview named Talking Travel with Anthony Bourdain on Gadling.com. Amen. As some of you know, Anthony is a world-renowned French chef who hails from New York City, a best-selling author, a television show host and all all around interesting human being. But what really interests me about him is his shared love of travel and food. The two are so intertwined it is often difficult to separate the cuisine from a location.
The biggest question is, why would one try to? Often one of the most exciting aspects of travel is the introduction to exotic cuisine and new flavours. As a chef, he has somehow married his two great loves into a seamlessly blended career.
Here's another response to his interview that stood out to me:
Sometimes it's tough to tell which you are most: an eater or a traveler. You seem to really get to the heart of a culture through its food, so much that the viewer forgets they're watching a culinary-focused show. Which comes first? Do you travel to eat, or eat to travel?
"Eat first. It seems to open doors if you show people that you're willing, eager and appreciative of their food. Food, of course, is the purest expression of a culture and a region and a history--and people tend to be proud of their food. Eating and drinking--breaking bread with our subjects (my crew as well) is what makes so much of what we get to see and do--and the unique way we see it--possible."
I love this advice. Coming on the heels of Lara's interview I am anxious for my next out of country (and out of my comfort zone) adventure. For more of this adventurous soul, watch Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, on the Travel Channel.