June 25: Anthony Bourdain’s Birthday

anthony_bourdainIf you’re anything like me, during last week’s Paula Deen racism scandal, you were waiting for Anthony Bourdain to make some wonderful snarky comment about Deen’s downfall. Bourdain, who was born 57 years ago today, had long been critical of  Deen’s decidedly unhealthy cooking and frequently referred to her as the “most dangerous woman to America.” Unfortunately, Bourdain hasn’t said anything about the fall of his old foe, but I think it’s safe to assume he got a small kick out of last week’s events.

But enough about Deep fried racism, let’s talk about the birthday boy. Bourdain has built a reputation as a prickly, often snarky but highly knowledgeable and adventurous world traveling chef. Bourdain first came to prominence with the 2000 release of his book Kitchen Confidential, detailing his experiences working in restaurant kitchens and what happens behind the scenes during the average dining experience. Since then, he’s hosted numerous travel programs that take him to destinations both well known and exotic where he explores local foods and cultures. Of course, because of his great love of profanity, his programs are probably the only travel programs to carry viewer discretion advisiories.

Although Bourdain may come off to some as a sarcastic “chef with an attitude,” he has a deep respect for locals and their traditions. He’ll even eat unwashed warthog rectum with Namibians because even though he thinks that’s one of the worst meals he’s ever had, it would be rude to not eat the food his Namibian hosts provided him with. Really, the best assessment I’ve ever heard about Bourdain is that “he makes you want to be a better asshole.”

Conveniently, Bourdain has actually gone on record as to what his favorite drink is. In an interview with Forbes, Bourdain revealed that he is a fan of the classic cocktail The Negroni. Interestingly, Bourdain claims he hates all three ingredients (gin, Campari and sweet vermouth), but he loves when the three are mixed together. It’s a sharp drink with bitter notes, so it’s not for everyone; but it’s perfect for Bourdain.

The Negroni

  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth

Pour the alcohols in to a short rocks glass with ice, give it a few quick stirs and garnish with an orange peel.

Tomorrow: The most unusual baseball game ever played.

 

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