I can’t say no to a free book

By Mir
September 23, 2006
Category Hot Hot Hot!

MSN is giving away Anthony Bourdain’s newest book, The Nasty Bits, for free. From the description at Amazon Publisher’s Weekly (found at Amazon, though):

In this typically bold effort, Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential), like the fine chef he is, pulls together an entertaining feast from the detritus of his years of cooking and traveling. Arranged around the basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (a Japanese term for a taste the defies description), this scattershot collection of anecdotes puts Bourdain’s brave palate, notorious sense of adventure and fine writing on display. From the horrifying opening passages, where he joins an Arctic family in devouring a freshly slaughtered seal, to a final work of fiction, the text may disappoint those who’ve come to expect more honed kitchen insights from the chef. Surprisingly, though, the less substantive kitchen material Bourdain has to work from only showcases his talent for observation. This book isn’t for the effete foodies Bourdain clearly despises (though they’d do well to read it). He criticizes celebrity chefs, using Rocco DiSpirito as a “cautionary tale,” and commends restaurants that still serve stomach-turning if palate-pleasing dishes, such as New York’s Pierre au Tunnel (now closed), which offered tรƒยชte de veau, essentially “calf’s face, rolled up and tied with its tongue and thymus gland.” Fans of Bourdain’s hunger for the edge will gleefully consume this never-boring book.

My interest is piqued. Sign up to get yours if yours is, too.


  1. Sweet! I loved Kitchen Confidential and I LOVE FREE STUFF.

    Win win win!

  2. This is awesome, Mir. Thanks very much.

  3. I have the world’s biggest crush on this man. Thank you sweet Mir.

  4. I wonder why those of us in Ca can’t get the book…last I heard we are still apart of the USA.

  5. Ha! This one has been on my reading list since it was reviewed on Salon.com. Now I won’t have to wait for my library to get it. Sweet!

    Virginia, You could try to choose another “C” state (“CO”, maybe?) and put in the correct zipcode – the post office should go by the zipcode before the state abbreviation.

  6. Thanks for the tip! Free books are always welcome in our house. It helps keep me from single handedly supporting our local library through late fees!

  7. He is referred to as my boyfriend in our house. Rachel Ray is my husband’s girlfriend.

  8. Is it my imagination? There wasn’t an option for CA. ๐Ÿ™

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