Here now is a first look at the cover of Anthony Bourdain's next book, Appetites: A Cookbook. As previously reported, the book hits shelves this upcoming October. It's Bourdain's first cookbook in more than a decade, and may be his most personal written work since his seminal Kitchen Confidential. Coinciding with the book's cover reveal and formal announcement are details of his second live tour, "The Hunger," a multi-city show that launches the month of the publication of Appetites, this October. See complete tour information below.
Per a release, Appetites is "written with the no-holds-barred, no-bullshit-allowed ethos of his beloved series, Parts Unknown," (season seven of the CNN series kicked off last night) and includes a selection of recipes Bourdain believes every home cook should know: roast chicken with lemon and butter; candied sweet potatoes (he adds an aside: "Put those goddamn marshmallows away."); and Kuching-style laksa. In a way, Appetites is a sign that Bourdain — the brash world traveler known for venturing into rough terrain to taste the unfamiliar — has gone a little soft. The man turns 60 this June. He's a dad now, and has suggested in numerous interviews that he's cooking more at home now than ever. But decades of culinary training hammered a certain sense of urgency and perfectionism into his approach to kitchen work that he says caused him to morph "into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad tempered Ina Garten." As he's said before, this cookbook is Bourdain doing Ina Garten.
So what does an Ina Garten-meets-Anthony Bourdain cookbook look like? Take one kinetic, almost bloody-looking cover designed by lauded illustrator Ralph Steadman — perhaps best known for his work on Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — add Bourdain's fearless, sometimes raunchy prose and prescriptive recipe instructions; temper it with a dollop of long-time assistant Laurie Woolever's sensibility; sprinkle on some photography by Bobby Fisher; and finally add a side of Nathan Myhrvold, of Modernist Cuisine fame, who is contributing a pull-out poster "that depicts and deconstructs the tectonic and structural aspects of the perfect hamburger."
Appetites: A Cookbook hits shelves and mailboxes on October 25. (Of note: Ina Garten's highly anticipated new cookbook will be released on the same day.) Written by Bourdain with Woolever, photography is by Bobby Fisher and cover design by Ralph Steadman; the book is published by Ecco, and has a sale price of $37.50. It is available for preorder now.
About "The Hunger," a live show and tour: Following the breakout (and, let's be real, expected) success of Bourdain's first live tour, "Close to the Bone," comes a second stand-up stage act, described as "an unyielding, brutally honest monologue reflecting on diverse culture, street cuisine and his travels to lesser-known locations around the world." An open question-and-answer session will follow each show, giving fans a rare chance to interact with the author and globe-trotting television host himself. The tour kicks off in Boston
New York City this fall. Here's a first look at the schedule.
"The Hunger," Tour Dates:
Friday, October 7 | Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Saturday, October 8 | Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, October 9 | Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | Barnes & Noble Union Square, New York City
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | Academy of Music, Philadelphia
Thursday, October 27, 2016 | DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | Palace Theatre, Columbus
Sunday, October 30, 2016 | Fox Theatre, Detroit
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | Sony Centre, Toronto
Saturday, November 12, 2016 | The Fabulous Fox, St Louis
Sunday, November 13, 2016 | The Paramount Theatre, Seattle
Monday, November 14, 2016 | Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | SF Opera House, San Francisco
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | SJ Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose
Friday, November 18, 2016 | Bellco Theatre, Denver
Presale tickets for "The Hunger," will be available May 2; Eater readers, can use password "hunger" to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 20. For more information including tour dates and tickets, visit www.AnthonyBourdainOnTour.com.