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Tony vs Paula…on second thought…I ain’t buyin’ it.

So, returning to our previous conversation, “Paula Deen is Not Your Personal Savior”…I was reading today that Anthony Bourdain (of No Reservations fame) continued his verbal onslaught of Paula Deen at last week’s South Beach Food and Wine Festival.

Apparently, someone made a comment, during a Q & A, inferring that it might be hypocritical of Tony to lambast Paula’s “health choices” when he, himself, smoked on camera for years.

Here’s what he replied, courtesy of Ecorazzi:

“You are right. I did smoke cigarettes for a lot of years on my show. But I wasn’t selling you motherf-in’ cigarettes. I wasn’t selling Smoking Tony dolls for your kids. You couldn’t go to five or six casinos around the world and find the Tony Bourdain f-ing smoking section. And when I found a spot on my motherf-ing lung, I didn’t wait three years so I could get a deal so I could sell you the Patch, OK.”

Geez, you kiss your mother with that mouth, Tony?

Here was my knee-jerk reaction post…

“The problem is, it doesn’t matter how much make-up, snappy one-liners, marketing dollars, or jazzy music you use to clean up a drug & booze addled, foul-mouthed, elitist jerk, low-life cook…eventually everyone is going to realize that he’s still just a drug & booze addled, foul-mouthed, elitist jerk, low-life cook…and change the channel. The shock-jock is funny for a few minutes, but no one wants to listen to him all day…”

Nice, huh?

Then, as my engine was cooling, a thought sneaked in…one of those sudden flashes of the blindingly obvious…

This whole thing is total crap!

This isn’t really about Bourdain vs. Deen, it’s about Travel Channel vs. Food Network!

If TC wasn’t feeding (or at least encouraging) these comments, they’d have snapped Tony’s leash and he’d have heeled a long time ago.

This is a ratings gambit for one of Travel Channel’s quickly tarnishing golden tickets…and I’m sure that the sympathy vote, coming on the heels of Food Network’s  “Queen of Butter” (don’t get me wrong, I love Paula) revealing that she’s diabetic…isn’t hurting them, either!

Having worked a LONG time in marketing…I wouldn’t be even slightly shocked if we find out someday that this whole “fight” was planned out in a boardroom somewhere, lol.

So, I’m calling B.S. on this whole Tony vs Paula thing…you read it here first!

– Perry

PS – Now, do something productive and go check out our new site: http://www.hautemealz.com

PPS – Regardless, I do not retract my aforementioned comments on Tony Bourdain, lol.


Filed under Ponderings

Kitchen techniques everyone should know

Watched “No Reservations – Techniques Special” today, and I was very impressed.

Even better, I found the entire episode (in three parts) on YouTube! (Watch below.)

From TravelChannel.com – Before tackling a recipe, there are some basic cooking skills everyone should know. In our Techniques special, we feature some of the world’s best chefs including Jacques Pepin, Thomas Keller and Tony Bourdain, who will demonstrate classic and simple dishes.

Thomas Keller (Thomas Fricking Keller!) demos a simple roast chicken. Also included are Tony’s Beef Bourguignon, an easy omelet, a simple but fabulous tomato sauce, how to cook a lobster, how NOT to destroy a steak, and lots more.

Chef Bourdain explains, “this show is a special in the true sense of the word. Meaning…this is an hour of instruction. It’s about how to cook.”

The featured techniques include:

  • Basic knife skills
  • How to cook a lobster
  • How to cook an omelet
  • How to make a tomato red sauce
  • How to grill a steak
  • How to roast a chicken
  • How to cook a hamburger
  • How to make a stew

Most of these recipes are posted here.

Seriously, this is one of these most instructive coverages of “the basics” I’ve ever seen. Of course, because it’s Tony, there’s a lot of humor…and a PG-13 rating. The bad words are bleeped, but it’s obvious what’s being said.

If you’re interested in learning “the basics” or maybe brushing up on some techniques you’ve just never gotten around to perfecting, this is a quick, simple, and very well done class by some of the very best chefs in the world.

Take a look at the videos and post your comments below. You can also read a VERY detailed overview of the episode, here:  http://www.tvrecapsreviews.com/no-reservations-season-6-episode-10-techniques/




Okay, be honest…are you a little intimidated by your own knifes? I know I was. Here’s a suggestion from me to you: The Zwilling J. A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills is a great book, in fact, my father bought it for me along with my first set of Henckels.

It’s become my “Dummies Guide” to my own knives, lol, and a great investment in my own cooking skills!

Complete Book of Knife Skills covers everything you should know about kitchen knives. In this book you’ll learn how to: Buy, Maintain, and Sharpen your knives. Plus, Knife Skills are explained in easy-to-follow steps combined with photographs and illustrations.

For ten bucks, it’s really been a great investment in my own cooking skills!

Master Your Kitchen Knives covers everything you should know about kitchen knives. In this eBook you’ll learn how to: Buy, Maintain, and Sharpen your knives. Plus, Knife Skills are explained in easy-to-follow steps combined with 163 color Photographs and Illustrations.


Filed under Technique, Videos