May 21, 2007
That Guy Who Eats Weird Food
I eat some things that "normal" people don't care for. Asparagus. Guacamole. Tofu burger. Meatballs made without meat, but with mushrooms, nuts, onions, and stuff instead.
And, even though I limit my intake of animal products for a variety of reasons, if I eat a creature, I'm not too terribly squeamish about, say, removing flesh from bone with my teeth, or cracking a crab claw and digging out the succulence. It feels natural to do so, even for someone whose first taste of meat came at age fifteen.
But, while I like the "No Reservations" fellow all right, the other guy on TV who merely searches out weird food, instead of culture — Zimmer, or whatever — just ticks me off. Food is not to be taken lightly, nor made into a circus act. (Iron Chef and knock-offs take notice.)
Anthony Bourdain also eats some things you or I might call "bizarre," even though his point is that, to the locals, such dishes are as normal as greasy tubers covered in rancid bovine lactate and smoked hog belly are to us. And you don't have to tell me what he'd think of my not-at-all-strict vegetarianism.
But I still watch. I just don't care for that other guy's show.
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