By Anthony Bourdain

Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters outdoor a Russian tub, Chef Bourdain travels internationally looking for the last word meal. the one factor Anthony Bourdain loves up to cooking is touring, and A Cook's travel is the shotgun marriage of his maximum passions. encouraged via the query, 'What often is the ideal meal?', Anthony units out on a quest for his culinary holy grail. Our adventurous chef starts off out in Japan, the place he eats conventional Fugu, a toxic blowfish which are ready purely by means of in particular authorized cooks. He then travels to Cambodia, up the mine-studded highway to Pailin into self sufficient Khmer Rouge territory and to Phnom Penh's Gun membership, the place neighborhood fare is served up along a menu of accessible firearms. In Saigon, he's taken care of to a maintaining meal of dwell Cobra middle earlier than relocating directly to take pleasure in a snack with the Viet Cong within the Mecong Delta. extra west, Kitchen exclusive enthusiasts will realize the Gironde of Tony's adolescence, the 1st cease on his ecu itinerary. And from France, it's directly to Portugal, the place a complete village has been fattening a pig for months in anticipation of his arrival. And we're in basic terms midway around the world. . . A Cook's journey recounts, in Bourdain's inimitable variety, the adventures and misadventures of America's favourite chef.

Copyright 2001. First released by way of Bloomsbury united states in 2001. This booklet version released in 2010.

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The bobbing needle on the gauge showed that we had less than one hundred liters of fuel. This part of northern Pakistan was so remote and inhospitable that we’d had to have friends preposition barrels of aviation fuel at strategic sites by jeep. If we couldn’t make it to our drop zone we were in a tight spot, literally, since the craggy canyon we flew through had no level areas suitable for setting the Alouette down. Bhangoo climbed high, so he’d have the option of auto-rotating toward a more distant landing zone if we ran out of fuel, and jammed his stick forward, speeding up to ninety knots.

And in the interest of security and/or privacy I’ve changed a very few names and locations. Working on this book was a true collaboration. I wrote the story. But Greg Mortenson lived it. And together, as we sorted through thousands of slides, reviewed a decade’s worth of documents and videos, recorded hundreds of hours of interviews, and traveled to visit with the people who are central to this unlikeliest of narratives, we brought this book to life. And as I found in Pakistan, Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute does, irrefutably, have the results.

When Haji Ali handed him a cup of butter tea, Mortenson drank it with something similar to pleasure. The headman leaned forward, now that the required threshold of hospitality had been crossed, and thrust his bearded face in front of Mortenson’s. ” With snatches of Balti, and a lot of gesticulating, Mortenson told the crowd now watching him with rapt attention that he was American, that he’d come to climb K2 (which produced appreciative murmurs from the men), that he had become weak and sick and had walked here to Askole to find a jeep willing to take him on the eight-hour journey down to Skardu, Baltistan’s capital.

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