The Provence episode of No Reservations was easily one of the best of the new season. There was lots of awesome looking food, some great scenery, and Tony hung out with a bunch of funky French people. Bourdain seemed very relaxed in the South of France —so much so that his snarkiness almost completely disappeared. Dare we say that at times during last night's episode, Tony even sounded a bit like Ruth Reichl (or Ruth Bourdain)? But, even a chilled-out Tony is good for a few one-liners. On to the Quotable Bourdain —feel free to add your own picks in the comments below.
1) On the amenities of his host's kitchen: "The knives are about as sharp as a Leno monologue, which is about to say that none of the things could cut butter."
2) On the local cuisine: "Provence probaly has the most heavily veg-oriented cuisine in France, because, funnily enough, they were broke-ass back in the day."
3) On an old vineyard: "but grapes, like some Brits I know, like being trotted upon a little bit, like working for their meal."
4) On what to do after a big lunch: "Some more wine, and then its time for a nap. Nothing to be ashamed of. Retreat to the shade of an antique circus carriage, the smell of lavender, garlic, a hint of anise perhaps?"
5) On playing a game of pétanque with the locals: "these are warriors and this is there business, and I am seriously fucked."
6) On playing a game of pétanque with the locals: "there's like big bucks going down, and no one's drinking anything but coffee."
7) On losing a game of pétanque with the locals:" that was the biggest ass-kicking in the history of ass-kicking."
8) On screwing up a French dessert: "Did I mention that I flunked out of pastry during school?"
9) On preparing a traditional meal for the locals: "I kept it simple, and stayed alive. Not fucking bad if I do say so myself."
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