A Cook's Tour

A Cook's Tour

"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
*flagicon|Russia Saint Petersburg: vodka
*flagicon|Morocco Moulay Idriss, Fez: couscous, tagine, brochette


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


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. []

External links

* [http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/16/books/review/16SIFTONT.html NYTimes review]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/16/books/chapters/16-1st-bourd.html "A Cook's Tour"] (Chapter 1)


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  • Cook's tour — Cook s′ tour′ n. a rapid, cursory tour of the major features of a place • Etymology: 1905–10; after Thomas Cook (1808–92), English travel agent …   From formal English to slang

  • Cook's tour — [kooks] n. [after Thomas Cook & Son, Brit travel agents] any guided sightseeing or inspection tour: a humorous usage …   English World dictionary

  • cook's tour — ˈku̇ks noun Usage: usually capitalized C Etymology: after Thomas Cook died 1892 English tourist agent : a quick tour in which attractions are viewed very briefly and cursorily : a quick cursory scanning a 15 hour Cook s tour of the Philippines… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cook's tour — /kooks/ a guided but cursory tour of the major features of a place or area. [1905 10; after Thomas Cook (1808 92), English travel agent] * * * …   Universalium

  • Cook's tour — noun informal a rapid tour of many places. Origin early 20th cent.: from the name of the English travel agent Thomas Cook …   English new terms dictionary

  • Cook's tour — noun Etymology: Thomas Cook & Son, English travel agency Date: circa 1909 a rapid or cursory survey or review …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Cook's tour — /kʊks ˈtʊə/ (say kooks toouh) noun a wideranging, rapid and usually superficial survey of a place or field of interest. {from Thomas Cook, 1808–92, English pioneer of the tourist trade} …  

  • Cook's tour — noun A long or complicated journey, an indirect route. The detour meant that we had to go on a twenty mile Cooks tour to get home …   Wiktionary

  • A Cook's Tour (TV Series) — infobox television show name = A Cook s Tour caption = format = Travel runtime = half hour (approx. 0:22 per episode) creator = starring = Anthony Bourdain (host) country = USA network = Food Network first aired = last aired = num episodes = 35… …   Wikipedia

  • Cook's tour — getting somewhere in a round about way …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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