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Anthony Bourdain Loves New Orleans Food Culture

Here’s a recent quote from a well- known culinary adventureur regarding New Orleans food:

“In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. … With the best restaurants in New York, you’ll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans. So it’s a must-see city because there’s no explaining it, no describing it. You can’t compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans.”

— Anthony Bourdain, host of the CNN travel show Parts Unknown, when asked in a CNN interview to name the one U.S. city he thought people should experience for food.

Anthony Bourdain Loves New Orleans Food Culture

Anthony Bourdain says "there's no place like New Orleans."

Anthony Bourdain says “there’s no place like New Orleans.”

As a culinary expert that’s travelled the world Bourdain knows what he’s talking about. Myself being a New Orleanian who has also logged a lot of worldwide travel miles I have to concur with Bourdain. He’s right. For a great overall cultural food experience there is no place like it. In New Orleans it’s the culture of food everywhere, not just in a few restaurants.

I used to not like Anthony Bourdain. I’d start watching his No Reservations and would get turned off by his attitude, his sort of in-your-face brashness that just really irritated. His shows usually came on after Bizaare Foods’ Andrew Zimmern who I just really enjoyed. Bourdain’s manner was such a discomforting counterpoint to Zimmern’s charm.

But gradually I grew to really liking Bourdain. Something about his honesty and authenticity started to grow on me and now he’s one of my favorites. Both he and Zimmern are two guys I’d really like to get to know and hang out with.

Bourdain did a show in the Cajun country a while back about his experience at a boucherie, an all-day affair

That segment of the show started with the night-before-the-boucherie party where incredible Cajun food was cooked up. Then they invited him to be the one who dispatched the pig the next morning at 6 o’clock. I was amazed at his coolness at pulling the trigger and figured that was not the first time he had done it.

The remainder of the show was a demonstration of how the pig is used completely for a variety of delicious foodstuffs. One thing that struck me was when he admitted that it was the best food he had had anywhere. A pretty remarkable statement. And I think when he says “best food” I think he also includes the cultural aspect to it as well.

Anyway, after seeing the above quote I gotta say Bourdain gets it, like those who love New Orleans gets it. I also gotta say, hey, we love ya, Anthony.

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