As our very own Accidental Hedonist, Kate, reported a while back, chef Anthony Bourdain was in Beirut, Lebanon, with his crew, preparing to do a show bringing to Americans the sights, scents and tastes of a thoroughly cosmopolitan, beautiful city reborn from the ashes of a civil war.
The show never was filmed, because on the first day they were there, two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hezbollah operatives.
After that, the few glimpses he and his crew saw of a beautiful country went straight to hell.
Today, on Salon.com, you can read the full story, told by Bourdain himself, of how it was to watch a beautiful city, filled with gracious people (and not a few supporters of Hezbollah, whom some of those gracious people called “assholes”) die another death. If you are not a Salon subscriber, you can usually avail yourself ofa free day pass by watching an ad. The ads are short, and not too boring and after that, you can read whatever you like. Today, I highly suggest you make Bourdain’s “Watching Beirut Die” a priority read.
It made me cry.
More than once.
For many reasons.
(It also made me chortle darkly for several reasons, not the least of which is that after Morganna reads this piece, her “celebrity crush” on Bourdain will likely only deepen–leave it to the child of the Culinary Nerd to hero-worship a chef.)
And thank you to reader, Meredith, for pointing out this Washington Post transcript of a live online question and answer session with Bourdain that took place this Wednsday, July 26th. It was a chance for readers to ask the burning questions they have always wanted to ask Bourdain, and for Tony to answer in his inimitable way.
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