Dear Rachael by Anthony Bourdain

March 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm 1 comment

Anyone who has ever watched or read Anthony Bourdain knows that he has not been the kindest critic of Rachael Ray.  That may be a bit of an understatement.  For those who do not read Bourdain’s weekly Travel Channel blog you are missing out on some of the most poignant food writing around.  Below is his latest entry, a thank you letter to Rachel Ray.  I do not know the particulars that lead to the events in the letter but it is some good stuff:

Dear Rachael,

Thank you for the lovely fruit basket. My family and I arrived home very late last night to an empty refrigerator, with a jet-lagged, restive and hungry child agitating for food – only to find a festive and delicious assortment of fruit (from the very pricey Agata and Valentina no less).

My daughter quickly tore into the grapes, saving me from the humiliating business of doing an impromptu “Dancy Dance” from Yo Gabba Gabba (a strategy that has been known to work in situations of similar extremes). I thank you for your kindness to someone who has shown you no good reason for such a thing, your good humor – and for appreciating the New York Dolls.

I will honor the sentiments of your note and promise to see to it that no puppies are hurt, killed or otherwise inconvenienced during my remaining time on television.  Given my frequent trips to countries where the line between “pets” and “food” can become somewhat … confusing, this is easier said than done – and might well lead to some socially awkward moments. But one good turn, I think, deserves another. 


Anthony Bourdain

Could it be that parenthood has softened our hero or that it has introduced him to another part of his humanity?  Nah, there’s just a hell of a lot to be said for perkiness.

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1 Comment

  • 1. EdC  |  April 17, 2009 at 7:44 am

    It was suggested — not implausibly — in the blog comments that this was an April Fool’s Day joke.


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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."


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