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3 Tips for Eating Well While Traveling From Anthony Bourdain

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Don’t choose places based on how clean the bathroom is, for example

Look to the locals, not your hotel concierge.

In a recent interview with Entrepreneur magazine, Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain offers three simple and crucial tips for eating well in a foreign land.

First of all, the greatest meal “is the one you need right now,” says Bourdain. In the Caribbean, the traveler “sat down at a table under a bare lightbulb,” ordered chicken, and “something by Peter Tosh” came on.

“It was a happy accident, and it was the best jerk chicken I've ever had. There's something to be said for letting great meals just happen to you."

Secondly, don’t eat like a tourist. In Bourdain’s words, “that’s not the type of knowledge you want.” Instead, he recommends that before you arrive at your destination, do some research, and find someone who knows someone. A mini-tip within this one, Bourdain says, is not to eat somewhere just because the bathrooms are clean.

Finally, look around you. “Work up some courage, take the plunge and just walk into a place,” says the man who knows a thing or two about this sort of thing. “That simple moment when you get good yakitori or something else you've never heard of for the first time — it’s a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.”

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Susan Farewell is the editor-in-chief of, a travel information and planning site drawing on the experiences and insights of passionate travelers all over the world. It features animations, videos, photography, artwork and of course, words, to showcase travel destinations, experiences and products.

A former travel editor and staff writer at The Condé Nast Publications in New York City, Susan is a widely known digital, print and broadcast travel journalist. Her work has appeared in numerous publications (and sibling websites) including Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, Gourmet, Cooking Light, Travel and Leisure, Outside, Metropolitan Home, McCall&rsquos, Child and Bride&rsquos. She also writes for newspapers such as The New York Times and The New York Post, newsletters (BottomLine Personal) and numerous in-flight and regional magazines as well as various websites.

In addition to writing, Farewell has also developed countless products both in digital and traditional media from travel guides to online magazines.

She is the author of several books including "How To Make A Living As A Travel Writer", "Hidden New England" and "Quick Escapes from New York City" (the latter two have had multiple editions). She has also co-authored many books.

Susan is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, the New York Travel Writers, the North American Snowsports Journalists and the Eastern Ski Writers Association.

Wendy VanHatten left the corporate world to become a professional freelance travel writer and author. In addition she is an editor, travel business owner, author of a variety of published books, and photographer.

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She is also CEO of NoraLyn Ltd. and was Host / Producer of over 90 Time Warner Cable food shows Editor and Columnist, Where & What in the World Columnist, Big Blend Magazine Co-author "Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel" contributor, Meetings Mexico & Latin America Contributor, Global Writes Contributor, Co-author, "Cooking Secrets the Why and How" Co-author, "Success, Your Path to a Successful Book,".

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Prime Sarmiento is a southeast Asia-based journalist, travel blogger and expert on solo female travel. Her blog, The GypsyGals, offers inspiring stories and practical advice to women who want to craft their own journeys.

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In addition, Jill&rsquos Slices of Life columns have been touching people&rsquos hearts and tickling their funny bones since 2002. They are currently published in over 75 newspapers in the upper Midwest. You can read them on Facebook: Slices of Life

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In 2001 Lisa Gerber escaped the city life and found the dream life she had envisioned from her Seattle office cubicle. She now lives on a mountain outside of Sandpoint, Idaho with her husband and two dogs, where she telemark skis, mountain bikes and practices yoga (all so she can indulge in her passion of fine food and wines), and where she has been telling the story of organizations small to large since 2004.

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Canada&rsquos Adventure Couple, Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil have been in high gear since meeting in 1991. Married for 11 of their 18 years together, they have climbed, paddled, hiked and biked their way through 5 continents and over 30 countries. Their adventures have taken them to the far corners of the earth where they have embraced new cultures and ways of life, while learning about the traditions of the indigenous people that they meet along the way.

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Nancy Brown is a lover of all things travel-related. She has combined her passion for travel with her professional writing career.

Nancy writes a travel column, &ldquoWhat a Trip&rdquo for the Contra Costa Times Lamorinda Sun, a publication of Media News Group. She is the Lodging Editor for She writes an on-line travel column for Diablo magazine and the "Traveler Making a Difference" column for Escapes magazine.

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He's always felt that the more you travel, the more you realize how little you&rsquove seen.

Bryan is also the co-founder of Endless Bucket List, and an occasional guest blogger on several travel related websites.

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Janna Graber has written for almost 50 publications. She is the executive editor at Go World Travel Magazine.

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Spending nearly her entire career working in travel, marketing destinations, hotels and tour companies across Africa and other exotic destinations, Sarah knows what it takes to craft perfect trips of a lifetime to adventurous and far-flung places. But recently, when it came to planning her own relaxing beach getaway closer to home, a seemingly simple task, she was lost.

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Gary Arndt is the man behind one of the world's most popular, independent travel blogs,

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She retired from her job at a local law firm last year to concentrate on freelance writing, and now writes mainly about travel in China and the Pacific Northwest, as well as about motorcycles (she&rsquos married to a motorcycle fanatic).

She has also created her own guidebook line, Cheryl&rsquos Guides, to cover all the travel areas she wants to write about. Books about local wineries and motorcycle museums are on the drawing board.

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Billie Frank is a freelance writer covering Santa Fe and beyond. Her work has appeared in Colorado and New Mexico print publications and on the web.

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Chris also co-hosts the popular podcast "This Week in Travel" (along with Jen Leo and Gary Arndt). Both podcasts can be subscribed to via iTunes.

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Mariellen Ward is a Toronto-based freelance travel writer, traveler and blogger. Traveling in India &ndash and writing about it &ndash is her passion. Over the course of three trips, totaling 11 months, she has been to 12 states, five ashrams and one Ayurvedic resort.

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Shannon O'Donnell recently finished a yearlong backpacking trip around the world that took her from diving in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef to teaching English to monks in Nepal.

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Kim Palacios is a Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance. While not mourning the death of free markets, she enjoys television and film.

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The Travel Tart (sometimes known as Anthony Bianco) is a self-proclaimed travel addict who will find any feeble excuse to go traveling. Anthony discovered he really enjoyed traveling the world when he was sent to a former war zone for work - Kosovo - as his first venture outside of Australia and New Zealand. This created a habit of visiting places that most package tourists avoid like the plague. He has since traveled to almost 40 countries over six continents - nowhere near enough!

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Jen Westmoreland Bouchard is the owner of a freelance writing, editing and translation company, Lucidité Writing, LLC.

When she&rsquos not galavanting around the world collecting literary and journalistic fodder, Jen writes daily from her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). She blogs at

Ben Holbrook writes for a number of travel sites, including HotelClub and his own travel blog. When he&rsquos not at his computer you&rsquoll find him riding his motorcycle or eating his way around the world &ndash Tapas and vino, anyone?

Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Rocky Mountain House, Canada.

In addition to being published in a number of different travel related magazines, he also runs one of the more popular travel blogs on the internet &ldquoBrendan&rsquos Adventures: The World is my Jungle Gym&rdquo. Brendan lives by his own personal words of wisdom, ". in the world I live in, the world of travel, I try to find the moments that make me feel insignificant in a greater world, and I hope my blog gets that message across.&rdquo

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As a solo female traveler, she would like to encourage more girls around the world to travel. Her bucket list is endless, but her current goal is to explore Asia, learn to dive and get her book published.

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Jess Signet inherited her love of travel from her parents, and began traveling at a very young age. She's spent the last 3 1/2 years (and counting) exploring every corner of this incredible globe and doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon. Her passion for exploration imbues her travel writing, and while not yet a full-time digital nomad, that is her ultimate goal.

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Shelley's also the author or a contributing author of six books, including the popular "How To Travel For Free" .

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Susanna Quinn is a former Guardian journalist who now writes novels about the sex industry in Asia. She lives in Brighton with her partner, daughter and many flocks of seagulls.

Sharon Mendelaoui is a travel writer, passionate photographer and creative designer. She is the creator and publisher of, an online travel magazine filled with dream trips, hotel and product reviews, travel tips and inspiration to travel.

In 2013, Sharon attended TBEX a travel blogging conference that literally changed her life. The short version of the story: she was on a FAM trip, got stuck on a tree platform and had to be rescued from the tree, an experience that pushed her to live her life differently! She lost 75 pounds with a healthy eating lifestyle, dedicated herself to travel writing and started living the life of her dreams!

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Teresa Roberts likes living on the edge of who she is while anticipating who she is becoming. She has reinvented herself more than once in life. From teacher/principal to world traveler and international house sitter to certified hypnotist, she simply loves being on a learning curve.

Her first published book, Finding the Gypsy in Me, was written to appease the multitude of people who wanted to hear more about her adventures abroad. She hopes it is at once inspiring and practical. Teresa constantly seeks creative routes to freedom. She could be the poster girl for finding adventure at any age and on any income.

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Anastasia Feoktistova is a Managing Editor at Italia magazine (, a Russian-language publication about Italy. She also writes for a number of web-sites and plans to open her own travel blog.

Born in Saratov, Russia, she studied translation at Lomonosov Moscow State University and publishing at Oxford Brookes University.

Michele McIntyre is a freelance travel writer with a passion and enthusiasm for writing about spas. She is a National Spa Examiner for, and her articles and spa reviews are also featured on,,,, and

Michele blogs about topics related to the spa industry at

When Michele is not traveling or visiting spas, reviewing spas, writing about spas and thinking about spas, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading (yes, often about spas), boating, walking, skiing, wine and spending time with friends and family. Michele lives near Syracuse, NY with her husband and son.

Randall Davidson is a co-founder of ProofreadingServices.Us, a proofreading service that offers essay proofreading. Randall enjoys discussing proofreading tips and best practices with writers and other individuals.

Lauren Yap is a recent San Diego State Graduate and a Las Vegas travel website editor and webmaster for She specializes in finding travelers the best Las Vegas deals and works to stay up to date on everything Vegas.

Her writing has been featured in several publications across the web including CBS MoneyWatch, Star Tribune and The Boston Globe. Lauren has a passion for journalism and social media and one day hopes to make a difference with her words.

She also really likes Twitter:@laurenyap

Jessica Spiegel is a Portland-based travel writer for BootsnAll, for whom she writes the WhyGo Italy travel guide.

She'll happily pass on advice to just about anyone about things like train travel in Italy or where to stay in the Cinque Terre, but if you really want to get her rambling bring up either Venice or Naples.

She can be found on Twitter at @italylogue and on WhyGo Italy's Facebook page.

Mark Labrow is the founder and director of World Retreats, a website dedicated to helping people find inspiring holidays worldwide. World Retreats hand picks yoga holidays, painting holidays and activity holidays from across the globe, helping holidaymakers to indulge their passions and explore their creative selves.

Mark is also a freelance creative consultant and writer and has worked extensively in the U.K. with schools, theatre companies, public sector and not for profit organisations.

He runs his own training courses and is a published author, having recently released &lsquoCreative Activities For The Secondary Classroom&rsquo published by Pearson and available at Amazon.

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Meghan Ivarsson is a freelance writer and leads Scholar Advisor, an education portal for students, where she regularly contributes articles on education, careers and writing.

You can follow Meghan on Twitter: @MeghanIvarsson

Tim Leffel is a veteran freelancer who has contributed to 50+ publications and editor of the award-winning online magazine Perceptive Travel, which recently celebrated its 10th birthday.

He is the author of five books, including Travel Writing 2.0, and teaches others how to find true financial success in the field at Travel Writing Overdrive.

You can find Tim on most social media as Tim Leffel, on Instagram as globetrots.

Michael Falk is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for Gear Up and Play, a community driven Travel Blog. Gear Up and Play's simple shared platform offers travelers and outdoor adventure seekers the opportunity to share their experiences in a shared revenue setting. The community provides a social networking atmosphere where travelers can interact and follow other members in a fashion similar to twitter. Each member has a unique profile where they can share information about themselves, submit articles, travelogues, photos, and even bookmark links to interesting yet relevant content around the web with digg style member voting.

In addition to indulging his love of travel and adventure Michael enjoys cooking, playing guitar, bike riding, camping, backpacking, kayaking and incessantly checking his website analytics. Michael has worked on a number of other travel related projects including Best Travel Guitars and is continually working to foster the dream of one day being a travel writer.

You can follow Michael on Twitter, and connect with him on Facebook or Digg.

Jennifer Neves is the owner of Mad Dash Publishing and author of Backpack Like You Mean It - A crackpot tale of travel through South East Asia. She lives in Olympia, Washington with her partner, and four pygmy goats.

Donald Nicolson is from Scotland and worked in academic research from 2001 until the end of 2014. He is a published author on over 30 research articles, some in prestigious journals like BMJ and Cochrane Library and attended and presented at international research conferences, including Barcelona, Basel, Baltimore, Oxford, and Queenstown.

He's been to 12 countries on 4 continents and has unashamedly fallen in love with Utrecht in The Netherlands, an article on which he published. When he is not doing freelance writing, he is developing a career as a travel writer looking for an agent and a publishing deal for a travel book he is writing and aiming to set up his own travel-related business venture.

Donald cannot remember who said "potential is a French word for you haven't done anything yet", but agrees with it in principle.

Matt Kohn is a thrill-seeker, world traveler, aspiring world changer and part-time comedian (he's not as funny as he thinks). He created A Different Hunger to help others through his passions of fitness, travel, positive psychology and living a life of purpose. If you want to be informed, educated and inspired, check out his site and join the ADH movement!

Christopher Lin resides in Orange County, CA where he and his partners run a wedding photography studio called Lin and Jirsa Photography.

A traveler and entrepreneur at heart, his passion for writing, blogging, photography, design and business has led him to launch SLR Lounge photography tutorials as well as UNDFIND photography bags.

Anna Johansson is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them.

When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and contemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

Enthusiastic world traveler Kimberly Juchnowski fell in love with Southeast Asia five years ago. Thailand especially holds a special place in her heart. The culture and people keep her going back each year and she plans to relocate to Northern Thailand in the fall. She is even starting to learn Thai in anticipation for her big move!

If you want to know about where to go and what to see in Southeast Asia, or even read about common misconceptions about the people and how they live (what Thai girls are really all about?!) you can check it all out on her website

Angie Picardo is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance site that helps aspiring writers plan their careers and learn when to pay off debt and when to save.

Margo Millure is a professional freelance writer, with many travel publishing credits, and former editor of a women's lifestyle magazine and local tourist publication. She contracted the travel bug in the early 90s, when she and her husband had the opportunity to live in Holland and France for several years.

In December 2008 Margo started her a personal humor blog, Life in the Short Lane. On one of the days that she didn't think she or her blog were funny at all, The Travel Belles was conceived. Scheduled to launch in March, this magazine style blog is intended to be an encouraging and lively place for women to find travel stories with personal style and inspiration in the voices of many different women.

Margo lives with her family in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Chris Backe is the blogger behind Chris in South Korea, dedicated to travel and life in Korea.

Since arriving three years ago, Chris has made it a point to visit one new place, event, or festival around Korea every week. He recently finished writing an e-book entitled 'Korean Made Easy', which makes learning Korean quite easy for anyone coming to Korea. It's available for the Kindle, the Nook, and anywhere PDF's are readable a paper version is coming soon!

Follow Chris on Twitter or connect with him on Facebook.

Christopher Mitchell is a freelance travel writer and photographer. He's been published in magazines spanning the globe, but focuses much of his attention on his travel blog.

Though born in Toronto, he currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey which provides endless material for his writing.

When he's not writing, he's likely reading, over-indulging in culinary delights, or continuing to fill in the blanks on his map of the world.

You can check out more of his work on his travel blog, travelingmitch, on twitter, his facebook page, or instagram. In truth, if you type in "travelingmitch" to any social media site, something will probably come up.

Over the course of five years, Jennifer and David Raezer traveled the world, read tons of books, followed hundreds of guides and took copious notes. This travel marathon culminated in the creation of Approach Guides, cultural travel guidebooks to Italy, India, China, Turkey, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Approach Guides provides more than just dates and facts it draws connections among sites and across geographies.

Jennifer and David have also developed Approach Guides Wine, an Italian Wine Guide iPhone App that helps anyone choose a great wine anytime, anywhere in less than a minute.

When not traveling or devising new iPhone applications, David runs Cleantech Approach, a sustainable technology research & advisory organization. Jennifer is the Director of Regional Marketing for United Way (, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the U.S. They live in New York City (for now&hellip).

Rose Walker is an internationally published freelance writer, columnist, writing instructor and owner of Rose Walker Writing Consultants where she consults with writers on traveling, movie screenplays, freelance, novels and research.

She has written a five article miniseries for the British magazine, The New Writer and taught writing classes at University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University.

You can learn more about Rose at her website:

Linda Craig is an eager traveler, editor at AssignmentMasters essay service and passionate blogger. Her favourite destinations are Brazil and Nepal. Feel free to find her on Twitter.

After studying film in Uruguay and Cuba, and receiving her Master´s in Screenwriting in Spain, she has just completed her first feature film, a documentary co-produced with the United States, which will premiere this year. In the past, Veronica has been an English literature teacher, a cruise ship Youth staff, and a music producer.

You can follow Veronica on twitter at

Karen Gibson is a freelance writer with more years of writing experience than she wants to admit. In addition to writing fiction for adults and nonfiction for children, she writes travel articles and features for various publishers. Her destination articles often focus on the southern or southwestern United States.

Karen has been published in magazines and websites for publications such as Midwest Traveler, Home & Away, Southern Traveler, Backpacker, Military Times, Camping Today, Oklahoma Today, and Motorhome. Additionally, she has provided writing and editing for Fodor Travel Guides, including The Old West, USA Guide, Gold Guide, and Road Guide series.

Shirley Pattison is the community director at BlogsRelease and also a huge fan of travelling. One of her favorite aspects of working at BlogsRelease is that she gets to read so many travel blogs that inspire and motivate her.

When she's not working you can find her at the beach with watermelon and a coffee.

You can connect with Shirley on Twitter, or with BlogsRelease on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, or Google+

Rensina van den Heuvel lives on a remote property, when she is not traveling.

Rensina and her partner run &ldquograss roots&hellipoff the tourist tracks&rdquo expeditions to Mongolia and Outback Australia.

Russian Documents&hellipMongolian Dust is Rensina&rsquos first book. She also writes travel articles for E-zines and magazines.

Robyn Vinter is a former journalist who has worked on both local and national newspapers and magazines in the UK over the past few years. Having graduated top of her class with a First Class Honours degree in Journalism from Leeds Metropolitan University, she now works as a travel blogger at

Donna L. Hull specializes in writing travel and human interest content for online and print publications.

Donna's popular blog, My Itchy Travel Feet, ( explores the world of active travel for baby boomers, encouraging boomers to get up off the couch and go.

Follow Donna on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook.

Derbhile Graham is a freelance writer, originally from Clonmel. Co Tipperary, but now living in Tramore, Co. Waterford. She is the author of The Pink Cage, first published by Book Republic in 2011, now self-published.

Derbhile loves nothing more than to help other people tell their story. She has given creative writing classes for the Bealtaine Festival, Waterford Festival of Learning and Waterford Healing Arts.

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Paula Deen: The 'most dangerous person to America,' as Anthony Bourdain declared?

A recent article with TV Guide has highlighted Anthony Bourdain's disgust with TV personalities catering to the home cook, but is there any truth to his nasty commentary?

Chef Anthony Bourdain recently went on a rampage about TV chefs who don’t, in his opinion, meet the culinary bar. Speaking with TV Guide, Bourdain did not appear to hold back when critiquing Food Network stars Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, and Rachael Ray:

  • Paula Deen: "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is f---ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it's OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks."
  • Guy Fieri: "I look at Guy Fieri and I just think, 'Jesus, I'm glad that's not me.' You work that hard and there's not a single show of yours that you'd want to sit down and say, 'Hey, I made that last week. Look at that camera work. It's really good, huh?' I'm proud of what I do."
  • Rachael Ray: "Does she even cook anymore? I don't know why she bothers. To her credit, she never said she was good at it. I feel bad that she still feels compelled to cook. Her [syndicated] talk show is doing well, and she does that well. I don't watch, but I don't run screaming from the room."

Interesting comments and, without a doubt, condescending, but is there truth in any of them?

To call Paula Deen, basically a home cook who found her way firmly into the hearts of America, “the worst, most dangerous person to America,” is clearly an exaggeration. And, to be fair, it is hypocritical: Bourdain has had his own issues that are “dangerous” examples for viewers, including his love of smoking. In an interview with Time magazine, in fact, Bourdain once said, “I don't want to encourage anyone to quit smoking. In my experience, it really does make you cool. Chicks love it,” making it clear that he quit smoking himself only because he had a young daughter who he did not want to influence in his home, not because he wanted to or thought he should for any personal health reason or, as he accused Deen, he was afraid he was setting a bad example for all Americans.

However, Bourdain is correct, that Deen’s food is supremely unhealthy, and it is true, she does tend to revel in its unhealthy, fried-in-pounds-of-butter goodness. Many fans of Deen, no doubt, would be quick to agree that her meals are not for nightly consumption, but a naughty treat from time to time. But, it is not the unhealthiness of Deen’s food that is truly highlighted by Bourdain’s comments, but his own nastiness and, perhaps, jealousies of Deen’s popularity, that come through with great clarity.

Interestingly, Bourdain takes on only those personalities who prepare foods one might actually attempt to replicate at home, not those who viewers tend to watch with no intention of actually trying their recipes. Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Giada De Laurentiis—those chefs whose talents take them in a food direction many viewers enjoy watching, but whose recipes frequently are not targeted for the home cook (although, in fact, the techniques used by these chefs can often be helpful for the home cook, regardless, even if the specific recipes may be rather unrealistic for daily execution by the average person).

It appears that it is the popularity of the Food Network personalities in question that not only baffles Bourdain, but offends him personally. His obvious disgust with Rachael Ray—who is famous for her 30 minute meals, as well as meals for a week, to help out the everyday cook in the kitchen—and with Guy Fieri--who has an everyday-guy love of food that shines through with every visit he makes to yet another “diner, drive-in or dive”—seems to be much more than professional criticism. Bourdain, who has had a successful show himself on the Travel Channel, appears to be bubbling over with jealousy, in fact, toward these Food Network stars and, ultimately, his unprofessionalism reflects badly on Bourdain, while calling his own judgment into question.

Oddly enough, Sandra Lee, the “semi-homemade” star of the Food Network, seemed to have earned the respect of Bourdain, he told TV Guide, for her force of personality, if not her talent with food:

"There was an incident with Sandra Lee when I ran into her [after criticizing her publicly]. It was deeply terrible. Don't mess with her. I rarely feel uncomfortable, but she has a powerful force. I hate her works on this planet, but she is not someone to be dismissed, clearly."

Bourdain may soon be finding that some of these recently dissed TV chefs may be more of a force to be reckoned with than he realized—not to mention their many fans.

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