It’s time for the bi-monthly Cook the Books Club. For June/July, participants are invited to read A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain.
Here’s my GoodReads review:
A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When I first started reading, I never thought I'd get through this one. Mr. Bourdain drones on and on about the most mundane of topics and then just when things start to get interesting (delicious food!) he eats something disgusting and describes the aftermath in excruciating detail.
Honestly, after the first quarter of the book, I set it aside and wasn't sure I'd come back to it. But since i was reading for a book club, I did come back and thankfully things got more interesting (with slightly less vomiting) in the second half of the book.
It was interesting reading about the places traveled and the experiences behind the camera while filming A Cook's Tour (a show that I haven't watched, but now I may have to find some old episodes after reading the book!)
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I wasn’t immediately taken by this book, but it did grow on me. The next step was what to possibly make from this book as an inspiration??
Mr. Bourdain traveled the world, often eating things I wouldn’t try in a million years, but also mentioning favorite foods from the states or England that were a little less scary.
My inspiration came from the mention of a dish early in the book when Mr. Bourdain was bar-hopping in Spain. He mentions a fried mushroom dish with a raw egg yolk on top. I didn’t make *quite* the dish described and instead added a few things to make a full meal (lunch in my case, but this would also make a great brunch).
I took those mushrooms and added a whole fried egg (I’m not one to waste), plus I sautéed some mushrooms and spinach along with the mushrooms and served the whole thing on a Homemade English Muffin. The egg sandwich got 5 stars from me!
Mushroom, Greens, & Fried Egg Sandwich
1 tablespoon steakhouse butter (or salted butter)
3 ounces portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 thick slice onion, diced
1 cup fresh spinach
1 egg, fried over easy
Salt & pepper
1 English muffin, toasted
Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook until softened. Season with salt & pepper. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted.
Serve over a toasted English Muffin and topped with fried egg.
I found the book to be much like his life, very chaotic and unfulfillled.ReplyDelete
I'm so biased because I love all things Bourdain. It was a very sad and melancholy read for me. LOVE your dish!ReplyDelete
You are the third reviewer of this book so far in my blog-reading, and I love how each person sees this book (and its author) in such a different light! I think I'd see it more like you -- too much bad-boy disgusting stuff. And self-promotion.ReplyDelete
And your lunch makes me hungry because I love a sandwich of fried egg with slightly cooked spinach, and I wouldn't mind mushrooms on it. (I put a bit of hot sauce like Cholula on it too).
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You take the best foodie photos. Great choice from this book.ReplyDelete
What I liked about Bourdain is that he would try anything. For instance, although this isn't the wildest combination of ingredients he ever tasted, it doesn't immediately come to mind as a fish I'd make or eat. That's the joy of reading his stuffReplyDelete
I remember the dish: nice rendition! I like your addition of spinach to the mushrooms :)ReplyDelete