A Cook's Tour (book)

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A Cook's Tour
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First edition
AuthorAnthony Bourdain
Original titleA Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal
CountryUnited States
Published2001 (Bloomsbury Press)
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded byKitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly 
Followed byTyphoid Mary 

A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal, sometimes later published as A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines, is a New York Times bestselling book written by chef and author Anthony Bourdain in 2001. It is Bourdain's account of his world travels – eating exotic local dishes and experiencing life as a native in each country. The book was simultaneously made into a television series featuring Bourdain for the Food Network.


Bourdain's travels included Portugal, France, Vietnam, Russia, Morocco, Japan, Cambodia, Mexico, Spain, and French Laundry in Napa Valley.


He tries such exotic dishes as still beating cobra heart and soft-boiled duck embryo with half formed bones and feathers. In


The book was named 2002 Food Book of the Year by the British Guild of Food Writers.[1]


The title is derived from "Cook's Tour", a British idiomatic phrase meaning a brief or cursory guide to a subject or place. Its origin is in the trips organized by Thomas Cook in the 19th century.[2]


  1. ^ "Guild of Food Writers Award Winners 2002". Guild of Food Writers Award Winners 2002. Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  2. ^ "Cook's Tour". reference.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11.

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