A Food Orgy in Quebec with Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, who I have been a big on again off again fan of for years, once referred to Alice Waters as Khmer Rouge-esque because of her insistence on farm raised quality ingredients. As someone who has spent some time in Cambodia and is a huge fan of Ms Waters I felt this was an unacceptable (and un true) comment.  It caused a decided cooling in my relationship with Tony (I like calling him Tony as it makes it sounds like we are old friends, in truth I have never met him).

It was inevitable that Tony and I would make up, given that I think he is incredibly smart, brave, insanely daring, compassionate and generally very insightful about people and food.  Not to mention that he has what I consider the best job in the world: traveling the globe and eating.  So after some initial lingering resistance I gave in and last night binge watched 4 episodes of his new (ish) show: Parts Unknown.

The episode on Quebec sent me over the edge, what a love fest of friends, culture and food, so much food,  just watching it I wanted to go stick my finger down my throat, in a good way, because I couldn’t fathom how anyone could eat so much over-the-top French Canadian food and not explode!

Its been years since I was last in Montreal and decades since I was in Quebec City, all I really know about the food scene there is the very hyped and over the top restaurant Au Pied de Cochon.  Martin Picard owner and chef of Au Pied de Cochon who is featured in the video here cooking Beaver.

This episode made me giddy with delight and pride at the stupendous food scene in Quebec and the obvious joy all involved have in taking part in it.  Frédéric Morin and David McMillan of Joe Beef/Liverpool House fame are Tony’s guides through most of the episode, I spent hours trying to find a version I could post here, but alas was unable to only find clips, which I hope will whet your taste buds enough to watch it on Netflix.

Truly a food orgy not to be missed, bring your elastic waste pants!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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2 Responses to A Food Orgy in Quebec with Anthony Bourdain

  1. cbcreates says:

    So funny! Skip and I swooned and giggled through the entire episode, talked to friends about it for days, then watched it again. We ooohed and aaahed the second time too. Love their fishing shack repast, train obsession, and travelling truffle stash. The two chefs are seemingly so sweet and charming–none of the typical inflated famous chef ego or swagger (exemplified by the involuble idiot chef they visited who made beaver). I think Anothony was charmed by them as well. He all but wept over the oeufs en gelee. Ready to watch again.

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