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Appetites: A Cookbook

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Anthony Bourdain is a man of many appetites. And for many 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. These days, however, if he’s cooking, it’s for family and friends.

Appetites, his first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down fort
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Ecco
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is Anthony Bourdain through and thorough, a man who finally created a family at age 50, with grungy photography (one of wine stains, one of bloody duck necks, one of garbage), and recipes that are his actual family staples. Nothing fancy, lots of meat, a few dishes from other lands. Throughout is Anthony's dry sarcastic jabs, and I started laughing and reading recipes out loud starting with scrambled eggs, which includes the phrase "fuck nuts." Also- no desserts. But if you know this guy yo ...more
Bill Peschel
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in awhile, I'm reminded of an exhortation I found in Guy Peellaert's "Rock Dreams" that was quoted from Revelations: "Be hot or be cold, or else God will spit you from his mouth!"

That's "Appetites" in a nutshell. It's disgusting, ugly, pretentious, nasty, and uncompromising. It reminds you that humans are gross destructors of the world. We tear, rend, chop, eviscerate, mangle, and slice living, thinking, loving creatures, even the unborn, for our dark pleasures.

You’ll either adore th
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm just going to start with a disclaimer: I am not the target audience for this cookbook. I love reading books about food, but full disclosure: I am vegan, so I'm never going to make most of these recipes. Many of the recipes that could be easily made vegan contain huge amounts of oil (seriously, there are recipes that call for CUPS of oil!). Ugh.

I have no doubt that Anthony Bourdain is a talented chef. He obviously has a huge amount of very unique experience and has put so much work into his t
Alafair Burke
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I confess I haven't cooked anything from this yet, but just reading it is a joy. Multiple uses of f--- to describe scrambled eggs makes this my favorite cookbook of the year.
Elysia Fionn
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even get hold of this book before it's available, but I just wanted to point out a fact about this book that many people might miss.

Some years ago, I was watching "Turner Classic Movies", and the host, Robert Osborne, had celebrity guests on to recommend their favorite movies of all time. The celebrity guest the day I watched was Anthony Bourdain, and he said his all-time favorite movie was a British film called "Withnail & I". I had never seen the film before, and once I watched it,
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank Anthony Bourdain, Harper Collins Publishers, and Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy. I actually really enjoyed this book. Not just because the recipes were yummy and simple, but also because Bourdain uses wit and humor in his writing. I loved the Bodega Sandwiches in which he suggests having "shitty coffee" with it!
Mary C
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this cookbook for well, many reasons. One, I miss Anthony Bourdain, two, The Tasting Table Cookbook Club on Facebook is using this cookbook this month for us to try recipes and post our results and pictures of our meals. I love this page, don't post a lot of the meals I make, but I have found wonderful, honest cooks there, and so enjoy knowing a few of the cookbooks they suggest I have had for decades!
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't know what happened. I was such a fan of AB. Has he changed? Or is it me who has? All I know is, I didn't enjoy this book one bit. Aside from his snarky little stories and potty mouth tidbits, (which kind of get old after a while), there wasn't much else of interest. I like simple, homey, rustic food. I already make a lot of what he is offering. Really, now...who needs to be taught how to make tuna salad or grilled cheese? I make my own version of "Sunday gravy" just about, well, every Su ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Appetites has so much potential that's been lost due to the minimal profanity, and a photo of the author eating a sandwich while sitting on a toilet. I found that really, really tacky.

The writing is often pithy and funny while the recipes sound good.

Recommend with caveats given.

Review written after downloading a free galley from Edelweiss
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
I'm not a natural when it comes to cooking (although my wife is) so when I first skimmed through some of the recipes when my wife got me this book for my birthday I was somewhat intimidated. Once I had the chance to actually read through the recipes however and tried my hand at a couple I was hooked.

This is the first cookbook that I have actually stuck with through more than one recipe. Even the recipes that I will almost certainly never try, like anything involving wild boar, were worth readin
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you've ever wondered what Tony Bourdain cooks and eats with his family and friends, here it is. The recipes vary quite a bit in terms of cuisine (totally expected) and difficulty and number of ingredients. But there is something in here for most people. I particularly enjoyed his chapter on Thanksgiving prep. And there's a lot of biographical text, so you feel like he's talking to you, or talking you through the book. And the photos are funny.

This is a must for any Bourdain fan. It's kind of
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink
He writes as he speaks, so reading the cookbook you hear a familiar voice. The recipes include a few that could be considered global. Several call back to his early days as a young chef in Provincetown, Massachusetts. There is an entire chapter devoted to Thanksgiving. Sections on how to cook steak, hamburger, Eggs Benedict, bacon, and other common and popular choices. Many good stories behind each recipe. Overall, a solid offering with sections for appetizers, souprs, sandwiches, meat, vegetabl ...more
Beth Meredith
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I absolutely love Bourdain. I think he's the guy that you love or hate. I'm on the live team. This cookbook was supposed to be about what he cooks at home for his family.

Really??? This is not your average "let me whip something up for dinner" kind of cookbook. I guess I expected normal - and maybe this stuff IS his normal. I mean he throws in scrambled eggs and maybe grilled cheese but we can all do this. The commentary was interesting but typical of what you'd see on a show. Nothing unique and
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the cover of this cookbook. It's just cool. I enjoyed Bourdain's commentary on each recipe and appreciated his advice. I enjoyed the glimpse into his home life. BUT, I am not going to cook wild boar. A few of the recipes had ingredients I'd seriously have to hunt down. But really, what did I expect? It's Anthony Bourdain. So 4 stars for presentation and 3 stars for actual recipes. Why can't we do half stars? 31/2 stars.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cookbook
I think Anthony Bourdain is kind of a jerk. Well, no, I think he is a jerk. But, man, am I crazy about him! I really enjoyed this book, although I am sure I won't use a single recipe from it. And I respect his stand on trying to keep his daughter's image private.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If a book has Anthony Bourdain as an author and causes me to laugh out loud, it's a 5 star +.
Connie Lindstrom
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like a cookbook that teaches me new words. From Anthony Bourdain in this book, I learned that certain terms to describe cuts of beef are marketing bullshit and "douche bait." That phrase right there is valuable knowledge I can use over and over.

Other than that, it's rare that I read a cookbook and actually want to save a recipe or two for future use, and I'd go a step further with this one and consider actually purchasing it (versus just taking it back to the library and forgetting all about
Martha Bullen
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're an Anthony Bourdain fan and enjoy his edgy food and travel shows, you're going to love this cookbook. It's by no means for everyone. As expected for Bourdain, Appetites (his first cookbook in a decade) is highly opinionated, brash, funny, profane and full of four-color photos which often focus on the messy aftermath of a feast or the author holding a dead animal. These are anti-Pinterest food photos. No food porn here, just entertaining writing, a fine collection of recipes designed fo ...more
Adalira Morningstar
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, read-in-2016
I ate a whole sleeve of crackers for dinner last night because I honestly didn't have the energy to microwave something dignified like pizza rolls but at least now I know how to make a sauce that will pair excellently with boar.

"Toast your goddamn muffins" is excellent life advice though.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In total Bourdain fashion, this cookbook is straight to the point.
I need a personal copy.

and Fuck Desserts
Eva Sanchez
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Precious photos, wish there were more photos of the recipes because they sound too good to visualize.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I appreciate Bourdain as a voice in food, culture and their inevitable entwining, and am near certain to be unable to separate my bias as a result, but I found this cookbook engaging and interesting, drenched in his voice start to finish. The recipes are what you would expect from his personal collection, a mix of high and lowbrow cuisine from near and far. The chapters are separated by first course then type and a section all it's own for Thanksgiving dinner, in which he offers "practical" tips ...more
Becki Iverson
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's no secret that I adore Anthony Bourdain, so it should be no surprise that I absolutely loved his newest book. It's very simple, no-fucks-given, and perfectly in tune with the Bourdain brand. As he says, this is not intended to be a revolution in recipes; rather, it's a list of the kind of things he likes to make at home, particularly for his daughter. These are very straightforward recipes but with a lot of deliciousness. And be prepared, should you have diet restrictions: these are riddled ...more
Ariel (BookHermit)
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fantastic photos and delightfully snarky commentary. Very interesting to see what the king of food travelogues enjoys to cook at home. I love Bourdain, his TV shows, his writing, his cynicism. He is my celebrity comfort food. My parents gave us this book for Christmas and I quite enjoyed reading it over the break. The photography is spectacular. If you like Ralph Steadman's illustrations, you will love the punk-rockish quality of the layouts. As for the recipes, well, not exactly easy-peasy home ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this, and after discovering it on the "new books" library shelf, I want to go out and buy my own copy. First of all, the cover art, which is what captured my attention. Ralph Steadman's art is brilliant. In this cookbook, which Bourdain calls his family cookbook, he takes you into his home kitchen, sharing recipes that he prepares for those he loves. I envy his daughter. Bobby Fisher's photography is beautiful and contains the edginess that one would expect from an Anthony Bourdain cookb ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you had told me a year ago that I would enjoy reading a cookbook, I would have called you a damned liar. And yet Appetites isn't just a cookbook. It's an opinion piece, an autobiography, and a beautifully artistic photo book, all in one. And for every complex, world-class dish, there's a home recipe that I easily envision me making on a weeknight. Highly recommended.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am an Anthony Bourdain fangirl. Have read all his books, articles and seen all his tv shows. As far as I am concerned this the best book he has written. His guide to preparing Thanksgiving dinner is well worth the price of this book.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
As a fan of everything Anthony Bourdain, I expected to love this. But this felt forced, like he was trying too hard. It didn't seem like what I had come to expect from him. I didn't mind the profanity or the pictures. I just didn't care for this as a cookbook.

Still love him though!
Not for the easily offended, illustrated with dead animals and chefs behaving badly, this is a Cookbook 101 for the aspiring hipster home chef. Lots of basics with big brass balls. Mad magazine meets Mrs. Doubtfire. Not for vegans. Lots of meat.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook, memoir
Good looking book, but nothing really innovative or new.
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Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour.

His work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he was a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He was the host of the popular Emmy and Peabody Award winning television show Parts Unknown.
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“Let ketchup do its job. And don't make "house-made ketchup" either. Why would you do that? If it's not broken, as they say, why the fuck would you fix it?” 1 likes
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