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Episode 149: Fall of Food, Anthony Bourdain (“Don’t Eat Before Reading This”)

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Hola, Book Fight amigos. How’s life been treating you? We’re knee deep now in the Fall of Food, and there’s no going back, even if eating weird snacks threatens to kill us.

This week we’re discussing an Anthony Bourdain essay, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” which introduced America to the concept of bad-fish Mondays and helped launch Bourdain’s career as a writer and eventual television personality. We talk about the impact the essay had on the food-writing world, and how it’s aged in the nearly twenty years since it was first published.

Here’s a photo of the author enjoying a beer and bundling himself against the Scottish cold (side note: has anyone noted that as Anthony Bourdain ages he looks more and more like Leonard Cohen?)


In the second half of the show, we try some oddly flavored snacks. The prompt we gave ourselves this week was to find snacks with unusual or unexpected flavors. No spoilers, except to say that at least one of them turns out to be real gross.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download the mp3 file and do with it what you will. You can also find us in the iTunes store, or wherever you usually get your podcasts, where you can catch up on back episodes and subscribe (for free!) so you never miss another installment.

Thanks for listening!


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Author: mikeingram25

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One thought on “Episode 149: Fall of Food, Anthony Bourdain (“Don’t Eat Before Reading This”)

  1. As someone who watched cooking shows on PBS as a child, and still does, I can’t really explain the allure of why I love them, but I do. I used to watch my grandmother and mother cook all the time, and my love of baking definitely comes from that, so maybe it’s a nostalgia thing. I loved this episode – it’s my favorite of all the ones I’ve listened to so far.

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