One of Bourdain's common themes in A Cook's Tour was eating meals that locals said "will make you strong." His focus was not on the bravado, however, but on the people involved in making local food, home cooks and restauranteurs alike.
Anthony Bourdain was loved not for his wit or charming temerity, but for confronting us with our own alienation and cultural isolation. He reminded us that there were connections to be made over the dinner table.
We eat out to enjoy ourselves, to celebrate, or just to escape our own kitchens, now and then. But these stories of real restaurant workers and their lives will forever change the way you think about eating out.
Each episode offers the vicarious experience of a new culture in the company of someone who’s not afraid to let his rough edges show, has a flair for the dramatic, and is always a lot of fun to be around.
Call me a romantic, but after watching so much of that wet and messy business, I crave a less-is-more, simpler, sexier rendition of food porn. Instead, of grotesque, I prefer burlesque and have found that the good stuff isn’t on reality TV.