Anthony Bourdain, the tattooed, foulmouthed, wine-juggling host of the television show No Reservations, says he's amazed that ten years after the publication of Kitchen Confidential, people still give a shit what he thinks. This from a man, you remember, who at some point minced onions, but never words. Case in point: "If the James Beard people acknowledged that Mexicans exist, that would be nice!" Two weeks ago, fans experienced culinary orgasms while watching the 100th episode of Reservations as Bourdain feasted on plate after plate of exquisite food in Paris. Simply put, it was pure culinary porn, and it left television audiences hungry for more. "I would be a complete idiot to not do this for as long as I can. I decide where to go, I work with friends and I make the show any damn way I want." Appearing today as part of the Society for Performing Arts' New Now lecture series, Bourdain is expected to share stories from Medium Raw: a Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook and his travels around the world. 8 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.org. $25 to 65.
Mon., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., 2010
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