Three New Books for Bourdain
Monday, May 12, 2008 | posted by Mike
Well, at least someone can find time to write on a regular basis.
We all know how much fun it can be to hear Anthony Bourdain pontificate on this, that and anything else that comes up. But his true gift is his writing...his prose is basically a food column written by Hunter S. Thompson. It's been a while since he came out with anything substantial (not that blogs aren't substantial...), so it's good news for Bourdain fans that Grub Street is announcing that the gonzo chef has sold a handful of book ideas to a publisher.
Check out the GS link for the full description of the books, but with a Kitchen Confidential follow-up, a memoir and a work of fiction in the hopper, there will be plenty to anticipate in the coming years.
Labels: Anthony Bourdain
It's That Time of Year Again...
Thursday, May 01, 2008 | posted by Mike
The fourth season of personalities, challenges and a shot at Food Network stardom.
The Next Food Network Star is back this summer with a star-studded fourth season on Food Network. This season Bobby Flay takes a seat with the selection committee full-time and the finalists are put through the ringer to prove that they can take the cake (and the pizza, and the lobster, and the potato salad) to be the last chef standing and winner of his-or-her own Food Network show. The series kicks off with a few friendly Food Network faces on Sunday, June 1st at 10pm ET/PT.TVFF regulars know my rule: Don't bother learning the names of reality show contestants until you're 1/3 of the way through the season. However, if you insist on getting a head start on things:
The 10 finalists include: Nipa Bhatt (Victoria, MN), Jennifer Cochrane (Woonsocket, RI), Lisa Garza (Dallas, TX), Adam Gertler (Philadelphia, PA), Cory Kahaney (New York, NY), Shane Lyons (Colorado Springs, CO), Aaron McCargo Jr. (Camden, NJ), Kelsey Nixon (North Ogden, UT), Kevin Roberts (San Diego, CA), and Jeffrey Vaden (White Plains, NY).Best name? McCargo. Why? Because it sounds like the nickname you gave your high school buddy who always wore baggy pants.
Wait...what's this?!? Adam from Philadelphia and Aaron from neighboring Camden, NJ (which yours truly passes through every morning on the way to the day job) means we have a side competition, which I have officially dubbed "The Battle of the Ben Franklin Bridge." In this epic clash high above the Delaware River...who...will...survive?
So, our rooting interests are officially split, but Aaron from Camden will have our full allegiance if he manages to work Campbell's Soup into each dish he makes.
Labels: The Next Food Network Star