A Cook's Tour (TV series)

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A Cook's Tour
StarringAnthony Bourdain (host)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes35
Production
Running timehalf hour (approx. 0:22 per episode)
Release
Original networkFood Network
Original release2002 –
2003

A Cook's Tour is a travel and food show that aired on the Food Network. Host Anthony Bourdain visits exotic countries and cities worldwide where hosts treat him to local culture and cuisine.

Two seasons of episodes were produced in 2000 and 2001 and aired first-run in January 2002 through 2003 in the U.S. on the Food Network.

In the summer of 2008, the Food Network stopped re-running the series and rolled out a completely overhauled website omitting all but a single reference to Anthony Bourdain from March 2008 entitled, "Anthony Bourdain's Rant", tagged under Food Network topics "vegetables" and "simmer," likely due to the emergence of Bourdain's similarly themed series, No Reservations, on sister network Travel Channel. Questar Entertainment released a DVD box set of A Cook's Tour on DVD in January 2012. Early versions of this DVD box set are missing the episode TB1A04, Eating on the Mekong. Replacement DVDs are available from Questar starting in late February 2012. As of March 2012, episodes of A Cook's Tour began airing on the Travel Channel.

In January 2017, both seasons of the show were released on Netflix. Both online stream and download formats were available but have been discontinued.[1]

Production[edit]

NYU graduate film program graduate, Lydia Tenaglia,[2] working at New York Times Television,[3] picked up the book, Kitchen Confidential, and learning that Bourdain was proposing an Innocents Abroad-style travel journal as a follow-up project, Tenaglia picked up the phone and made a cold call.[4][5]

Reception[edit]

In Variety, Phil Gallo says, "For once, Food Network is putting on display food you can’t do at home — and they show that acquiring the ingredients isn’t all pretty before the meal hits the dining room table."[6]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Prod Num DVD[1] Title Place Visited
1 TB1A01 Disk 5 A Taste of Tokyo Tokyo
2 TB1A02 Disk 5 Dining with Geishas Rural Japan
3 TB1A03 Disk 6 Cobra Heart - Foods That Make You Manly Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
4 TB1A04 Disk 6[2] Eating on the Mekong Mekong River, Vietnam
5 TB1A05 Disk 6 Wild Delicacies Cambodia
6 TB1A06 Disk 5 Eating on the Edge of Nowhere Cambodia and Japan
7 TB1A07 Disk 3 Cod Crazy Portugal
8 TB1A08 Disk 3 San Sebastian: A Food Lover's Town Basque region, Spain
9 TB1A09 Disk 3 Childhood Flavors Arcachon, France
10 TB1A10 Disk 3 Stuffed Like a Pig Portugal, south-western France
11 TB1A11 Disk 4 A Desert Feast Morocco (Sahara)
12 TB1A12 Disk 4 Traditional Tastes Morocco (cities)
13 TB1A13 Disk 4 The Cook Who Came in From the Cold Saint Petersburg
14 TB1A14 Disk 4 So Much Vodka, So Little Time Saint Petersburg
15 TB1A15 Disk 2 Tamales and Iguana, Oaxacan Style Oaxaca, Mexico
16 TB1A16 Disk 2 Puebla, Where the Good Cooks Are From Puebla, Mexico
17 TB1A17 Disk 1 Los Angeles, My Own Heart of Darkness Los Angeles
18 TB1A18 Disk 1 The French Laundry Experience[7] Napa Valley and San Francisco
19 TB1A19 Disk 1 My Hometown Favorites New York City
20 TB1A20 Disk 1 My Life as a Cook New York City and Provincetown, MA
21 TB1A21 Disk 3 Highland Grub Scotland
22 TB1A22 Disk 3 A Pleasing Palate London

Season 2[edit]

# Prod Num DVD Title Place Visited
1 TB1B01 Disk 2 Food Tastes Better with Sand Between Your Toes St. Martin
2 TB1B02 Disk 1 No Beads, No Babes, No Bourbon Street New Orleans
3 TB1B03 Disk 2 A Mystical World Salvador
4 TB1B04 Disk 2 How to Be a Carioca Brazil
5 TB1B05 Disk 1 Elements of a Great Bar New York City
6 TB1B06 Disk 1 The Struggle for the Soul of America Minneapolis, MN
7 TB1B07 Disk 1 The BBQ Triangle Kansas City, Houston, and North Carolina
8 TB1B08 Disk 5 Mad Tony: The Food Warrior Sydney
9 TB1B09 Disk 5 Down Under: The Wild West of Cooking Melbourne
10 TB1B10 Disk 6 Singapore: New York in Twenty Years Singapore
11 TB1B11 Disk 6 Let's Get Lost Chiang Mai, Thailand
12 TB1B12 Disk 6 My Friend Linh Hanoi, Vietnam
13 TB1B13 Disk 6 One Night in Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand and Singapore

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Episodes are categorized by region in the DVD box set; one or two regions per disk. Disk 1: The United States; Disk 2: Mexico and the Americas; Disk 3: Europe; Disk 4: Morocco and Russia; Disk 5: Australia and Japan; Disk 6: Asia
  2. ^ Early versions of the DVD box set were shipped mistakenly missing episode TB1A04, Eating on the Mekong. Replacements were made available by Questar.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Anthony Bourdain: A Cook's Tour/Season 1 (2002) TV-14 [Season]' - Netflix Instant". www.dtvusaforum.com. Archived from the original on 2017-01-19. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  2. ^ "Lydia Tenaglia". IMDb. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  3. ^ "New York Times Television". IMDb. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  4. ^ Chris Green (25 October 2017). "Lydia Tenaglia - Interview". Producers Guild of America. Retrieved 23 August 2018 – via producersguild.org.
  5. ^ "A Q&A with ZPZ's Lydia Tenaglia-Collins". explorepartsunknown.com. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  6. ^ Gallo, Phil (7 January 2002). "A Cook's Tour". variety.com. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ "A COOK'S TOUR – Episode Descriptions". Entertainment in Motion. Archived from the original on 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-22. 18. San Francisco: “The French Laundry Experience”; Country: USA; Chef Tony Bourdain makes a pilgrimage to meet the man he considers to be the finest chef in the western world: Thomas Keller, chef and owner of The French Laundry in Yountville, California, located in the Napa Valley outside of San Francisco. … Tony has also invited several chef friends, including Scott Bryan of NYC’s Veritas and Eric Ripert of NYC’s Le Bernardin, to join him for a special menu prepared by Keller himself. The high point in the meal comes when Keller sends Tony a specially-crafted custard made from tobacco leaves and coffee.

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