Yes, it’s true, I have discovered Parts Unknown on Netflix and have been binge watching it. In this particular episode Mr. Bourdain goes to Copenhagen to hang out the chef of the best restaurant in the world Rene Redzepi and to dine at NOMA.
The two cookbooks from NOMA/Mr. Redzepi aren’t your typical: Oh I really have to make that dish kind of cookbooks, unless you live somewhere you can easily find Nordic reindeer moss. His keen interest in local sourcing is indeed inspiring. It really made me want to put on my Wellingtons and go to Central Park and start tasting weeds. The books are both works of art, just like his food. This episode of Parts Unknown is so amazing because it gives great insight into how this seemingly esoteric cuisine came about and how it really is the ultimate local seasonal cuisine given a very high concept presentation. At its core its food foraged and grown from within 60 miles (I think that is the number they say) of the restaurant. And as Bourdain points out it isn’t easy being seasonal in a country that is mostly cold and snow-covered.
This clip is the only thing I could find, and it works as a whistle wetter, but I encourage you to watch the entire episode if you can. First off I love that Redzepi has never driven a car (I have sort of driven, but have never had a license) it makes him, to my mind, the ultimate urbanite, even though his food is all about going to the woods/sea-shore/farm to get his ingredients, and as someone who is fascinated with urban sustainability and lives in a cold (ish) climate I find inspirational.
Certainly dinner/lunch at NOMA has just gone to the top of my bucket list.