Posted by: GlutenFreeGypsy | March 31, 2010

Foodie Book Club: Part One

What is the entire world of blogging if not a way for everyone to feel some teensy bit more connected to the greater world they live in?  To feel like maybe, just maybe, someone else thinks the same bizarre thoughts they do?  On the same token, how many people do we know that extend themselves beyond limitation to be a part of this club and an organizer of that team?  It’s human…we need each other!

As part of my blogging drive, I started following two awesome people on (never home)  Ashley created the Foodie Book Club as a way for strangers to connect on the same topic…how fun is that?  With three months of books picked out, I ventured into the virtual book club, assuring myself that this kind of commitment was a good thing.

First on the list, Anthony Bourdain’s The Nasty Bits.

I’ll confess to spending night after night watching DVD episodes of Bourdain’s “No Reservations.”  Matt and I used to watch at least one episode per night, falling asleep to the sounds of bizarre food descriptions and crude comments from Bourdain himself.  Though sometimes annoying in his entitlement, Bourdain is able to entice viewers easily on the show.

The book is a collection of stories, thoughts, and articles, most of them based on earlier filming for the show.  The best part about it is the ease in which Bourdain makes the reader long to step outside of their comfort zone.  To walk away from set meal times and usual restaurants.  To stray from staying in for dinner and from planning the next vacation to the same cute little town you go to every summer.  Nasty Bits makes you want to GET OUT THERE.  Appreciate other food, people, culture, and scenery.

I can’t say the book inspired a certain inspiration for a recipe, of led me to periods of deep thought.  It did, however, make me realize that travel is a gift.  Out of town, out-of-state, out of the country.  If you can do it, then go forward, friend!



  1. Well said! I especially thought his opening chapter really set the tone to make me want to travel and explore different places and cultures as much as possible over my lifetime!

  2. Agreed with the deep thought. He definitely sparks internal debates for me. Great review!

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