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No Reservations Around The World On An Empty Stomach

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An illustrated, behind-the-scenes travel journal of Anthony Bourdain’s global adventures.

More than just a companion to the hugely popular show, No Reservations is Bourdain’s fully illustrated journal of his far-flung travels. The book traces his trips from New Zealand to New Jersey and everywhere in between, mixing beautiful, never-before-seen photos and mementos with Bo
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Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Audrey
Jan 19, 2010 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culinary
No Reservations is a collection of outtakes, of sorts, from Bourdain's Travel Channel show. That said, it's an insightful look into the process of making television today and the challenges of balancing the demands of a network with the ethics of the people actually starring in and filming the show.

I was most struck by Bourdain's cultural sensitivity. Of course, he didn't grow up in America, but he insists that he will be a New Yorker for the rest of his life. His observations about Western att
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Maria
Dec 10, 2007 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much the t.v. show in book format. Bourdain offers a little more insight to the goings-on behind the show, but much of it already heard/seen on the series. Still... it's Bourdain and what's not to like!
Arjun Mishra
Jul 06, 2012 Arjun Mishra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
I was hoping for more food porn. The actual episodes are cornucopias of food porn, usually combined with some wonderfully attractive aspect of the locality Bourdain and crew are traversing. In East Asia, it is bright lights in a crowded marketplace. In equatorial places, there is a tropical scene to give the episode a camera rich environment. Coastal areas are compliment the food with the scenery of the ocean and sea life. The minute details that make No Reservations the television show so succe ...more
Shalimar Steinberg
I really liked this book. It covers much of the same ground as the tv show of the same name, but gives you more insight into the motivations and experiences that the crew had traveling. Bourdain writes much like he speaks, and is an amusing if somewhat snide story teller. Some of the pictures and stories are very moving, and most are beautiful.
Torrey
Apr 10, 2013 Torrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that I read for this quarter is No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach. Anthony traveled all over the world to try dishes from different countries and to explore their culture. Anthony based this book on his television show: No Reservations. No Reservations airs on the Travel Channel. Anthony wrote this book in order to show the behind the scenes of his show, and to tell about his travels.
One country that Anthony traveled to was Ghana. Ghana is located in West Africa.
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Erikwithak
Dec 08, 2007 Erikwithak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to eat
A great book about a New York chef who journey's around the world. He takes in the local food and culture, in a very funny, cynical, and controversial matter. Anthony Bourdain is incredible witty and very edgy in his writing style. The book includes recipes and a great look through the eyes of somebody who just loves to eat. Anthony is not the most respectful of the traditions of the cultures he experiences yet he never reveals his true feelings to his guide. The true feelings come out in his in ...more
Dy-an
No Reservations, both the book and the TV series, makes me want to get up and go. Ireland, Vietnam, Machu Picchu, anywhere but never Uzbekistan. His love of Asia echoes my own. And wherever I land, I want a local alcoholic bevvy and food off a truck or a cart. I've got the Immodium packed since I don't consider it a good trip unless mild food poisoning is involved.

Take me with you, Tony!
Ariestess
Aug 11, 2009 Ariestess rated it it was amazing
This book is like gold, AFAIC.

It reads just like Tony Bourdain is telling a series of stories to a captivated audience. I've watched enough eps of No Reservations to know TB's cadences and speech/vocal nuances. And this book just proves that he writes like he speaks. Which is awesome!

And the pictures? Breathtakingly gorgeous.

I really need to get Kitchen Confidential now...
Tricia G
Jul 15, 2012 Tricia G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, loved it, loved it!!

This is a super-fast read with no more than a few columns on each country/city visited, but such interesting perspectives on the people, cultures, food, drinks.... Amazing pictures! Definitely refined my "must see" and "must do" and "must taste" lists. :-)

My kind of coffee table book.
Tim Hewlett-parker
A great accompaniment to his TV show with plenty of good advice on how to get the most out of your visits to such colorful countries. Tony's opinions are always worth reading, if nothing else they'll give you a good laugh. A fun guide.........
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is mostly just photographs, but there is some well-written text as well. I find Bourdain's writing style easy to read. The section on Beirut made me sad for those people. Seems they shall never have peace in that region.
Stephanie
Jun 04, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to say that this book was great. The travels that Mr. Bourdain takes are the cure for my wanderlust.
There are two quotes that I would like to add to the review:
Page 267: "Particularly these days when so much of what you hear coming out of people's mouths is bullsh*t." There is no lying with food."

Page 286: "Staring at my infant daughter while she sleeps, her expression changing second by second as pleasure, fear, concern and wonder flash across her brain I find...something I've see
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Greg
Aug 11, 2008 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much of a read, but the pictures and short descriptions of the places Tony has traveled were great.
LibraryCin
Bourdain is a chef and travels around the world as a host for a travel/food show. This book is primarily photographs of those travels, along with stories about the places and the food.

I will start by specifying that I am not a “foodie”, so the pictures and descriptions of food weren’t all that exciting to me. I also didn’t know who the author was or anything about his tv show. The stories were more about the cultures of the places he and his crew visited, with a bit about the food thrown in, al
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Bryant
Jun 11, 2009 Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "No Reservations"
Shelves: travel, non-fiction
This is really just a companion book to Anthony Bourdain's Travel Channel series, though admittedly one that would look handsome on your coffee table. It's full of glossy pictures of the people and places from the first three years of his shows, including behind-the-scenes images you may not have seen on the show. If you haven't watched the program, it may not mean much to you. But for those who have, you get some extra insights into how it was made and the motivations of Tony and his crew. Ther ...more
Sara
Oct 20, 2014 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Tim
This book is, Bourdain tells us in his introduction, essentially a scrapbook of the past three years of his life. It's photo documentation of him and his crew making the television show No Reservations. Each location has its own short intro, but the book is dominated by the photos. And it's fine, as far as it goes. The pictures are pretty (or not, as appropriate) and the reminiscence is... reminiscence. I don't wish I had the time I spent reading it back again or anything.

The problem is, that's
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Cik Aini
My confession, I rarely watch No Reservations on Travel channel. I'd only gone through the whole episode when they went to Malaysia. When I read Fariza's review, I wanted to borrow it. Since this is a memoir cross with photo journals, it didn't take that long to finish this memoir. Bourdain wrote his personal experience, even though, I think it was a tad too short. I actually wanted to know more on his observations of the places. Not all, can be read with such gullibility. I'd my share of intere ...more
Leah K
Oct 07, 2013 Leah K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain
288 pages



I know Anthony Bourdain isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally love the guy. His no-BS attitude towards life is pretty refreshing in a world of overly politically correct people. He has respect for those around him and for the cultures he encounters but he also is incredibly honest and I love that about him.

If you enjoyed his show, No Reservations, this is a quick accompaniment to that. It’s 288 pages but it
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Peggy
Nov 24, 2008 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: foodies and cookbook lovers
I am a fan of Anthony Bourdain, who travels the world on the Travel Channel, looking at the cuisines of many countries, so when I saw his book on the shelf in New Books, I thought I would give it a try. I really enjoyed the book; I saw many of the places that have been visited on the TV series in it.

The author likes to eat what the people of each culture are eating so he eats anything and everything. Some of the show is pretty graphic and so is the book in places. Other places in the book are
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Blair
Feb 02, 2013 Blair rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Self-indulgent is my first thought. I realize these are sort of the leftovers from the show, but it was a big book of nothing. I felt like Bourdain tried really hard to be all introspective and "I'm better than you because I travel," which is annoying in and of itself. However, I really had a problem with the fact that he tries to pretend that he really got to know "life" and the "people" in the places that he visited. I don't care how much you drink with them, if you are spending one week in a ...more
Booknblues
Jan 27, 2016 Booknblues rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good quick read with lots of pictures. Follows some of his travels and talks about his trip to Lebanon.
He also talks about his rules of hospitality which explains why he drinks so much on the show and eats everything, even those nasty bits in Namibia which you knew would make him sick and by the way they did.
Athena Macmillan
I have previously really enjoyed the writing of Anthony Bourdain, but this was incredibly lack-lustre. I expected a cheeky behind the scenes peek of some of the shenanigans that never made it to screen, but what I ended up with was more of a photographic companion guide. Features some beautiful photography but lack the frankness and compelling nature of Bourdain's other releases.
Angel
Feb 17, 2008 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Bourdain's shows and books, armchair travelers
I will say that I am not a fan, but I have seen his show on Travel Channel a couple of times and liked what I saw. So, when I saw this in my local public library, I decided to take a chance on it. The photos are great, and this is mostly a photo book with some narrative. The book is definitely a pleasure to look through. Though there is little text, what is offered is thoughtful, considerate, and at times moving. Bourdain and his crew truly immerse themselves in the places they visit, and a read ...more
Kaitlyn
Jul 11, 2014 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I freaking love Anthony Bourdain. Here's why: he feeds you no B.S. He is always brutally honest and says exactly how he feels and sugar coats nothing. That makes him an awesome culinary journalist. I loved reading this book. There was a chapter on drinking and another one on cooks that almost made me tear up--who knew?!
Emily
Jun 06, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the last three months, I've been home a lot and I've watched a lot of television. During this time, I have become obsessed with "No Reservations" on the Travel Channel.

This book is a compilation/summary of the photos and experiences of Anthony Bourdain and the "No Reservations" crew as they travel around the world filming this show. Most of the book sums up the highs and lows of many of the places they've been. That part is OK, but I liked the last 30 or so pages the best, where Bourdain dis
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Julia
Jan 26, 2010 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who cannot spend time with this man, and not end up absolutely loving him??

Anthony Bourdain is more than a culinary explorer, cultural critic, Ramones-adoring bada*s, he is most importantly, a hilarious speaker who can successfully translate his razor-sharp wit into the written word. Every book I've read of his has images that jump off of page, humor that makes me laugh out loud, and thought-provoking musing about the transitority nature of happiness and life. This book, although basically a pic
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Juli Pennock
I wanted more. I wanted what Bourdain said he wasn't going to give, which was more behind-the-scenes stuff and, well, just more.

The pics are nice, though. And the man CAN turn a helluva phrase.
Kataklicik
Jul 02, 2012 Kataklicik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tony, Tony, Tony...

Inasmuch as I found Kitchen Confidential grating towards the end (too much of you is not necessarily a good thing), this book I like. Yes, I agree it's no more than a collage or a scrapbook, a momento of your series, but it was short and sweet. Photos are beautiful, your comments succint, and at worse, one would feel like a stalker who goes through all those photos of friends' holidays which they've put up on Faacebook. (PS : I'm a Malaysian, and am sooo happy you found my co
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Amanda
Jul 28, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 50-in-2009, food-lit
I'm a sucker for Bourdain and generally hang on his every word. I was surprised that I didn't love this book, but since I've seen almost every episode of the show it was just too repetitive. It's a photo journal of the filming of his show with a tiny bit of commentary for each city. While the pictures were interesting, there wasn't enough text for my taste. It feels like cheating to count this toward my yearly tally of books read...

It was a fun book to see and I'd recommend any Bourdain fan borr
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Ryelor
I love Anthony Bourdain's writing. Kitchen Confidential hooked me. Loved Medium Raw. The Nasty Bits was entertaining. The parts of this book where Bourdain actually writes are great. This book has a lot of pictures (beautiful, all of them) and was the perfect type of book to check-out from the library. On the back of my library book was a pricetag of $34.95. Seems kind of steep to me since it's mostly pictures. However, like I said, the parts where Bourdain writes were great. Especially memorabl ...more
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Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the megabestsellers Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour.
His work has appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker, and he is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He is the host of the popular Emmy and Peabody Award winning television show Parts Unknown.
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