During most of postwar American life, food and the eating thereof existed as fairly beige aspects. The most exotic thing a family might cook would be chop suey, followed by Baked Alaska and a pitcher of martinis. About 10 years ago, a golden triangle of Internet ascendance, foodie culture and the rise of cable channels ever hungry for content unleashed a round of celebrity chefs on the cultural landscape. Tonight, American chef Anthony Bourdain presents "No Reservations," which accompanies the publication of his new book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
. It's an evening of stories about eating the exotic and repulsive foods the world has to offer, in the pursuit of life experience that remains Bourdain's hallmark. There's also a purportedly raucous Q&A afterward, so take part in the existential dick-measuring contest accordingly.
Wed., June 16, 8 p.m., 2010