If you like food and you like Israel, this past week’s episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” was a win-win.
On last night’s season premiere of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unkown,” the CNN travel show’s host traveled to Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank. There, he shared with viewers not only the lowdown on the region’s food, culture and politics, but also a little fact about himself. Turns out Bourdain is a Jew.
Television is littered with lousy food shows. I know I risk sounding like some grumpy old coot wondering whatever happened to Jack Paar, but I do wonder what the spirit of the great Julia Child would make of the utter mediocrity, the sheer lack of aspiration, the game show approach and personality-driven fluff that has become the norm in food TV. Thank God for Anthony Bourdain.