A Cook's Tour (TV series)
|A Cook's Tour|
|Starring||Anthony Bourdain (host)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||35|
|Running time||half hour (approx. 0:22 per episode)|
|Original network||Food Network|
|Original release||2002 –|
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.
NYU graduate film program graduate, Lydia Tenaglia, working at New York Times Television, 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.
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."
|#||Prod Num||DVD||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||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||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|
|#||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|
- ^ 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
- ^ Early versions of the DVD box set were shipped mistakenly missing episode TB1A04, Eating on the Mekong. Replacements were made available by Questar.
- "'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.
- "Lydia Tenaglia". IMDb. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- "New York Times Television". IMDb. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- Chris Green (25 October 2017). "Lydia Tenaglia - Interview". Producers Guild of America. Retrieved 23 August 2018 – via producersguild.org.
- "A Q&A with ZPZ's Lydia Tenaglia-Collins". explorepartsunknown.com. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- Gallo, Phil (7 January 2002). "A Cook's Tour". variety.com. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- "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.