Anthony Bourdain is a man of many appetites. And for a few years, first as a chef, later as a world-traveling chronicler of food and culture on his CNN series Parts Unknown, he has made a profession of understanding the appetites of others. At the present time, then again, if he’s cooking, it’s for friends and family.
Appetites, his first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down forty-plus years of professional cooking and globe-trotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites—dishes that everyone must (no less than in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) understand how to cook. Once the supposed “bad boy” of cooking, Mr. Bourdain has, in contemporary years, turn out to be the father of a little girl—a role he has embraced with enthusiasm. After years of traveling more than 200 days a year, he now enjoys entertaining at home. Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen, then again, have caused him, in his words, to have “morphed into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten.”
The result is a home-cooking, home-entertaining cookbook like no other, with personal favorites from his own kitchen and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan that can assist you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency.