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A Cook’s Tour

Food writer and former chef Anthony Bourdain basically reinvented the “food-travel” genre with his first television series, based on his 2001 book of the same name. It ran on the Food Network from 2001 to 2003. We have most of the series’ episodes below.

  • A Mystical World

    Salvador, Brazil – Known as Brazils capital of happiness, Salvador da Bahia offers fruitful local markets and rich Bahian cuisine. Here, Tony takes part in a traditional ceremony and experiences the culinary talents of the famous Bahian, Chef Dada.

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  • Thailand: One Night in Bangkok

    Bangkok, Thailand – A spontaneous layover in Bangkok leads Tony into the city, where he tries strange meals of deep fried frog skins and pla rah – a fish paste that has fermented for three months to a year.

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  • The BBQ Triangle

    Kansas City, KS Houston, TX NC – Which style of BBQ reigns supreme – Kansas City, Houston or North Carolina? Tony journeys to all three, judging the secrets behind sauces, wood pits, and slow smokers.

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  • Gone Bamboo

    Hanoi, Vietnam – Tony returns to his beloved Vietnam to visit his friend, Linh, for the Vietnamese lunar New Year holiday, Tet. Together, the friends enjoy the holiday and indulge in all the exotic delicacies Vietnamese culture offers.

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  • Let’s Get Lost

    Chaing Mai, Thailand – Jumping into a Thai tuk tuk taxi, Tony attempts to soak up Thai culture and get lost in the cuisine of Chaing Mai.

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  • Down Under: the Wild West of Cooking

    Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne boasts hard-living, good-natured and eccentric food-lovers – Tonys kind of people. In search of the outlaws of food, Tony explores a pasteurization-free cheese factory and an old-world cured jamon workshop.

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  • Singapore: New York in Twenty Years

    Singapore – Tony decides to find the real Singapore with its multicultural restaurants and markets. He samples prescription food dishes, explores the Geyland Serai Market, and rides the clean and efficient subway.

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  • Mad Tony: The Food Warrior

    Sydney, Australia – Tony embarks on a pilgrimage through Australia so he can indulge in a meal made by one of the worlds best chefs, Tetsuya Wakuda.

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  • The Struggle for the Soul of America

    Minneapolis, MN – Tony travels to the grain belt capitol, Minneapolis, to inspect the conflict between creative independent operators and generic franchises.

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  • Elements of a Great Bar

    New York, NY – Join Tony on his quest to characterize the perfect bar. With him, discover the importance of a maniacal bartender, the proper chemical makeup of drinks, the joys of seedy dive-bars and the need for late night snacks.

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  • How to Be a Carioca

    Brazil – What is a Carioca? These natives of Rio, are lovable scamps who find ways to avoid work, preferring the beach, flirting and hanging out at restaurants and bars. Tony, under the tutelage of an exemplary Carioca, gives the lifestyle a try.

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  • No Beads, No Babes, No Bourbon Street

    New Orleans, LA – In New Orleans, Tony catches a Bayou alligator, cools off with a world famous sno cone, gets in trouble with the law, eats jambalaya with a dancing chef and, finally, relaxes to some local jazz.

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  • Food Tastes Better With Sand Between Your Toes

    St. Martin – In this Caribbean paradise, Tony eats a healthy Rastafarian meal with a freedom fighter, helps prepare grub for a food caravan, discovers foodstuffs not available at American supermarkets and, finally, relaxes at a beach bar.

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  • Puebla, Where the Good Cooks Are from

    Puebla, Mexico – According to Tony, the best line cooks in NYC come from Mexico, so he travels to the Puebla, and enjoys mole sauces, toasted ant eggs, fried worms, and the legendary pulque (a slightly hallucinogenic drink made from cactus sap).

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  • Highland Grub

    Scotland – Beginning in Glasgow, Tony experiences the heart-clogging glory of deep fried pizza, deep fried mars bars, and deep fried pickled eggs! Moving on to more traditional fare, Tony tastes haggis and learns to hunt and fish for his food.

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  • Los Angeles, My Own Heart of Darkness

    Los Angeles – CA, New York chef, Anthony Bourdain, descends into the culinary underbelly of his metropolitan nemesis, Los Angeles, where he experiences the trials of celebrity fame and the joys of West Coast cuisine.

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  • The French Laundry Experience

    Napa, CA – Marooned in San Francisco, Tony tastes local shellfish and durian ice cream before embarking on a pilgrimage to experience the genius of Thomas Keller, chef and owner of The French Laundry.

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  • My Life As a Cook – NYC

    New York, NY Provincetown, MA – Experience the formative moments of Tonys career as he revisits his first job, the culinary institute that taught him the basics, a normal workday at Les Halles Brasserie, and his mysterious mentor, Bigfoot.

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