Recently, I turned on my Kindle and received quite an unpleasant surprise. The screen was broken! Even though I had kept it in a case and not really abused it in any conspicuous way, there was a jagged line through the middle that made reading anything on the device impossible! Luckily, Amazon was wonderful to work with and sent me a new unit immediately. Despite their haste, however, I was still Kindle-less for our trip to Boston! As I perused the selection at the airport, I came across this gem:
Although I have never been an avid viewer of Anthony Bourdain’s show, “No Reservations,” I was intrigued. I decided to give it the old college try. I must say, I was quite glad I did. His style of writing is pithy and witty, which would be entertaining enough, but the subjects of his writing are so incredibly interesting (probably even moreso for me, a traveling neophyte – I’ve never really even been out of the country!). He spends approximately four pages drooling over the exquisite experience of pho in Hanoi. I was tangibly jealous and inspired to eat more exotic foods and travel somewhere, anywhere – immediately!
There are a few chapters that he spends laboring over the people in his sphere who (whom?) he likes/doesn’t like. While name-dropping is always an intriguing practice, by the time it was said and done, it felt slightly petty for a man of Bourdain’s experience and place in life.
I am now invested and have started watching re-runs of the show. I’ve also put his first book, “Kitchen Confidential” on my list of upcoming books. Right now, I’m working on “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett.