On last night's episode of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain traveled to Liberia, and as perhaps befits a country that has seen more than its share of violence, the episode was rather somber. However, this is Bourdain, and we managed to find a few gems amongst the meditations on war and death and food poisoning. On to the Quotable Bourdain — feel free to add your picks in the comments below.
1) On the heat in Monrovia: "The air doesn't move. A puff of wind? It's an event."
2) On Christianity: "Redemption and street meat: they go together."
3) On Liberian drinking traditions: "No girls allowed. Not in my treehouse."
4) On the consistency of palm wine: "You can insert a Peter North joke here. I ain't laughing."
5) The importance of swallowing, not chewing, GB, a fufu-like dish: "Tell that to my old girlfriend."
6) On surfing: "May as well have strapped Jimmy Hoffa to this thing, he'd be more animated and graceful."
7) On being confronted with his mortality: "This was not one of those moments. I was confronted with the imminence of my own death."
8) On recovering from food poisoning: "I'm even up for a beer, always a sign of life."