There's a special place in my heart for the LitBro, the overweening loudmouth in lectures always in a tortoise-shell something. You know, the guy who likes to talk about liking Ernest Hemingway way too much. The guy who will needle you for hours over the difference between two authors nobody else ca ... More >>
"I happen to think that foie gras is one of the most delicious things on earth," Anthony Bourdain told the camera before a truth-finding trip to New York's Hudson Valley Foie Gras for his Christmas special in 2007. "And yet strangely enough, a few twisted, angry people would like to take your foie g ... More >>
The beef rib at Mighty Quinn's is so big, it must be butchered with a plastic knife. It's not uncommon in barbecue states to do an extreme barbecue run that includes three or four pits in an extended afternoon of gorging, driving, sightseeing, and breaks along the way for bursts of healthful exerc ... More >>
Here's some news that should help perpetuate the myth that the food world is filled with brooding hunks: Bradley Cooper is in discussions with The Weinstein Company to play the title character in "Chef", a restaurant-focused comedy from director Derek Cianfrance. Cooper, who is currently riding the ... More >>
If you've never tried Pappy Van Winkle's Bourbon, there's a good chance you won't this gift giving season. Liquor stores are reportedly running out of the bourbon before it even hits shelves, no thanks to the distillery in Kentucky that bottles only 7,000 cases a year.
Workers at Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles have filed a class-action lawsuit against the restaurant, and claim that managers took tips and wages from servers and busboys. The news comes from the New York Post, who reported that Les Halles supposedly forced service employees to pool their tips for divv ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain talks about leaving the Travel Channel for CNN: "There are a lot of places where me and my team have been wanting to make television for a long time and haven't been able to. And CNN has the infrastructure and inclination to make those places doable." [AdWeek] Who are the best fema ... More >>
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is expanding his empire and his set to open ABC Cocina this fall. "We will have paella, croquettas, a lot of small plates,'' Vongerichten told Grub Street. [Grub Street] Tom Colicchio will be the anchor tenant of a new outdoor market that will open under the High Line in ... More >>
Journalist Lydia Tomkiw visits a night market in northern Jakarta and reports for CNNgo on the handful of cobra blood vendors who bleed the snakes for locals and tourists, and sometimes mix their blood with alcohol as a cocktail.
The Great GoogaMooga Prospect Park Sunday, May 20 Better than: Eating anything in my fridge. Vineland. Field Day. All Points West. New York is littered with the acrid corpses of past festivals, a perpetual tease giving hope to the most jaded music fan that maybe this year, someone will get it righ ... More >>
As we've discussed here many times before, we are in the midst (some might say on the downward slope) of a pop culture bubble, wherein an exorbitant amount of everyone's time and money is spent consuming food, thinking and reading about food, stockpiling food, seeking out new food by hopping from re ... More >>
This morning the organizers of Great GoogaMoogathe "amusement park of food and drink" set to take place in Prospect Park on May 19 and 20announced the first chunk of the food lineup for the festival, and not to kill a cliché or anything, but it looks like the park's greenery will be t ... More >>
Going out to dinner in New York City can be an expensive endeavor, with entrée prices clocking in at $30. But you can eat four-star food at a fraction of the price: Cook it yourself using the restaurant's cookbook. Now, cookbook love is like any other type of love -- wildly subjective. Yet some of ... More >>
Paula Deen has diabetes, but the Southern belle of butter intends to keep on eating the fatty, sugary, salty foods linked to the disease, according to Time.
20th Century Fox via Grub StreetI recognize most of the characters, but who's the bald guy? The end-times for Foodism are near, my friends. This Sunday, Marge Simpson turns into a food blogger, as reported in an extensive Grub Street interview with Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman. To ... More >>
Following the months of buildup that greet any endeavor remotely related to Momofuku, Lucky Peach, the quarterly magazine from David Chang, Peter Meehan, and McSweeney's, is now available at bookstores and newsstands.
McSweeney's is getting itself ready to launch Lucky Peach the quarterly food journal from David Chang, Peter Meehan, and Anthony Bourdain's Zero Point Zero Productions. It will come out in June, but the folks at McSweeney's have sent over a preview to whet the media's already considerable app ... More >>
MomofukuThat is a lucky peachThe new and redesigned issue of Bon Appétit hits newsstands today, while the website also displays a new and refreshing look. One aspect worth noting is the glimpse into David Chang's new iPad app called Lucky Peach, which lets users get into the mind of the Mo ... More >>
Don't mess with TonyAnthony Bourdain has many a bone to pick in his latest blog post for No Reservations. First up, a justifiable critique of this year's James Beard Awards theme.
B.R. MyersIn the March issue of The Atlantic, vegan, curmudgeon, North Korea expert, and animal-rights activist B.R. Myers goes after foodies in an article entitled "The Moral Crusade Against Foodies." I've got to admit, we've given him a very broad target. He begins by extracting damning q ... More >>
Ah, restaurant wars. As inevitable as income taxes and that incredulous look Tom gets on his face whenever Marcel opens his mouth. And last night's didn't disappoint, bringing with it a spectacle of meaty, man-sized proportions and more bitch-fighting than an entire season of The Real Housew ... More >>
CHOWCan we call you Ruthony? CHOW is getting a new columnist in Ruth Bourdain, the elusive and still unknown Twitter persona whose tweets are an amusing mash-up of those of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain. So what will Ms. (Mr.?) Bourdain be doing?
Mario Batali's decapitated head is surrounded by a garnish of Crocs. On Tuesday, Barneys unveiled its much-anticipated food-themed holiday windows. Inscribed with the command "Have a Foodie Holiday," the three tableau offer an assemblage of 70 Food Network "personalities," chefs, and assort ... More >>
Urban sharecropping is the latest twist to the farm-to-table movement, in which homeowners get matched with would-be farmers who don't themselves have gardening space. [Wall Street Journal] Mayor Bloomberg's favorite diner, Viand Café, was slapped with 36 violation points in its latest ins ... More >>
How big? Really? "Thirteen chefs have fallen," says Kevin as if he's talking about victims of a foreign war instead of willing reality show contestants, giving us a taste of the vacuous hyperbole that awaits us. Angelo, meanwhile, carps about his ex-in laws, saying they "just didn't believe ... More >>
Eater SF"And I'm like, 'dude, that's what she said.'"Good news for comedy fans: in September, Anthony Bourdain and David Chang will be reunited on stage for one night only. The two, who were last seen at the 2009 New York Wine & Food Festival ragging on everything from cupcakes to San Francis ... More >>
Brian P. asks: Do you ever send food back in a restaurant? Dear Brian: I'm glad you asked that question. The short answer is--never. First off, the critic's mode of operation at any restaurant should be to keep everything on the down-low, not make any moves that call attention to the revie ... More >>
Ample Hills CreameryBrian Smith puts some brawn behind his brainchild.Yesterday, we spoke with Ample Hills Creamery's Brian Smith about ice cream, his past career writing "monster-of-the-week movies" for the Sci Fi channel, and his plans to open his own ice cream shop, preferably in Park Slop ... More >>
Egon Ronay, the Hungarian food critic who helped shape British culinary culture, has died at the age of 94. He had been ill for a number of weeks, but never fully retired. [Guardian] Parade Publications is planning to introduce a new food newspaper magazine and website called Dash, with the ... More >>
This summer, Green Table, a café in Chelsea Market, will sell brown-bag lunches for customers to enjoy at the neighboring High Line park. [Wall Street Journal] Despite the oil spill threatening the seafood supply, the first New Orleans Oyster Festival, originally scheduled for the summer of ... More >>
It's the end of an abbreviated week, and thus it's time to look at the best posts of these past four days. We ranked Our 10 Best Bars for Drinking Outside. The Battle of the Brooklyn Pickles pitted McClure's against Brooklyn Brine. Our Man Sietsema revealed how he finds out about new restaurants. ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain's follow-up to Kitchen Confidential is coming out June 8. The book, entitled Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, includes a chapter called "Alan Richman Is a Douchebag." [Grub Street] Two chefs in Portland -- one of whom was Brady Low ... More >>
Whole Foods reported that second-quarter profits had more than doubled, raising its full-year earnings forecast. [Wall Street Journal] The popularity of Tom Colicchio, Gordon Ramsay, and Anthony Bourdain has taught chefs to indulge their fiery tempers. [NY Daily News] A new study suggests t ... More >>
The Upper West Side sips and nibbles a bit of Spain
Yet another journalist asks why, if Alice Waters has been such a revolutionary in the local, slow food movement, do so some many people hate her. [LA Times] Fast-food chains that once employed teenagers to carry out the most mindless, repetitive of tasks are now turning to robots to do these ... More >>
This week, in food blogs... Midtown Lunch got excited about the arrival of the new 38th Street Bon Chon, despite the extremely long wait for drumsticks. Eater discovered that Scott Conant is turning the vacated downstairs space at Cooper Square Hotel into a casual dining cafe. Grub Street continu ... More >>
Pictures of the offerings in the window make ordering easy at Xi'an Famous Foods. The advent of northern Chinese fare in Manhattan's Chinatown has been a long-awaited event. First there was a cart at the corner of Forsyth and Division streets dispensing lamb kebabs dusted with a cumin-laced ... More >>
Can you believe this innocent looking plate of blubbery cubes is one of the stinkiest substances on earth? Of the ancient Icelandic dish hakarl, Anthony Bourdain declared it to be "the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing." And coming from the host of No Reservations, tha ... More >>
Food Network Humor, living up mightily to the last part of its name, has compiled a rather hilarious photo gallery of the Top 10 Foodies That Look Like Old Lesbians. Anthony Bourdain, Richard Blais, and Alton Brown, we're looking at you. [Via Eat Me Daily]
This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily posted Sandra Lee's response to Anthony Bourdain's calling her "pure evil": "He needs to have a cocktail and lighten up." Serious Eats pitted Starbucks' new line of instant coffee packets against Nescafe. The result? Instant Starbucks "really isn't bad." Mi ... More >>
Photo borrowed from Food NetworkThe Next Food Network Star premieres this Sunday and the contestants have been introduced. There's the perky mom next door (Jen Isham), the less perky mom next door (Melissa d'Arabian), the soulful Korean mama (Debbie Lee), and the health nut who secretly loves bacon ... More >>
photo courtesy of Travel ChannelOn No Reservations tonight (Travel Channel, 10 pm ET), Anthony Bourdain focuses on "Disappearing Manhattan" and New York institutions. On his blog, he makes mention of Katz's Deli, Keen's, Russ & Daughters, Manganaro's Grosseria, Hop Kee, Le Veau D'Or ... More >>
Strange coincidence...or is it? Last night's Top Chef had the cheftestants cooking "last suppers" for culinary luminaries Wylie Dufresne, Lidia Bastianich, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques Pepin, and James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro, while today on Serious Eats, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourd ... More >>
Last night on No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain focused on food porn and had one of the "best meals of his life" at Momofuku Ssam Bar. Yes, Tony drank the David Chang Kool-Aid, but he also had some amusing thoughts on the "food porn industry," saying:How did the simple act of eating become so twist ... More >>
Valentine's Day isn't just a Hallmark Holiday, it's also a special day for restaurants to offer special menus at special higher prices. But some local spots (and a national chain), have found some pretty amusing ways of hawking the Hallmark-i-day, and we've got to appreciate their creativity. A few ... More >>
Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain talk about the four essential ingredients for every home kitchen, and the two have very different ideas on the matter.Batali's list is pretty standard: extra virgin olive oil (EVOO in Rachel Ray's world), anchovies, dry pasta, and some kind of tomato product, assumi ... More >>