the baking of a man

March 8, 2010

I’ve talked before about how not having a TV for over five years was one of the best moves I’ve ever made.  It also became a luxury I’d partake of when I was somewhere other than home – sort of like being a kid and playing with someone else’s toys. But having spent the past couple of months in the States with family has meant finding myself in front of the TV quite a bit (see previous post).

Two of my favorites for completely opposite reasons: No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

I read Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential while I was doing patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu five years ago, and I can’t help feeling – or rather, hoping – that Ramsay is a Bourdain in the making.  I mean at a level of real growth – where Ramsay is the starter or “mother,” and Bourdain is the whole sourdough.

When I watch Bourdain, I see a softened man, and hence a stronger one.  I see a man who has taken a few beatings to the heart and soul and is constantly looking to discover all that is wonderful in his world.  Naturally, he does.  Ramsay, on the other hand is – pardon the pun – hell bent on finding everything that’s wrong.  And that’s exactly what happens.

I know which one I’d like to dine with.  What about you?

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  1. Jess March 15, 2010 at 20:17

    Wow, Ian, thank you for sticking with me! I’m just going through your blog now. Keep an eye out for me over your side of the pond…

  2. Ian March 14, 2010 at 01:02

    that’s such a good observation about them, love the way you phrase it too! I’m with you on the TV thing too, amazing how much time you suddenly have when you cut it out.

    I’ve been reading your blogging since way back in the Ripe London days BTW, been really interesting reading about the changes in your life, good luck for the future and with Green Appetite.

  3. Jess March 9, 2010 at 16:18

    I’m so glad you found me, Becca! Thank you. I need to dig around your site; I’m a runner, too. Would love to spend more time in SD as well. Keep it up!

  4. Becca March 9, 2010 at 16:01

    Hi! Just found your site and am loving it wholeheartedly! Recently went 4 months with no TV and wish that could have continued in the literal sense. Now, we have one, and I just don’t watch it. Thanks for the book recommendation, and I can’t wait to try some of your raw recipes. Keep up the good work!!

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