A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines is a New York Times bestselling book written by chef and author Anthony Bourdain in 2001. It is Bourdain's account of his world travels — eating exotic local dishes and experiencing life as a native in each country. The book was simultaneously made into a television series featuring Bourdain for the Food Network.
Bourdain's travels included Portugal
, and French Laundry
in Napa Valley
He tries such exotic dishes as still beating cobra
heart and soft-boiled duck embryo
with half formed bones and feathers. In
The book was named 2002 Food Book of the Year by the British Guild of Food Writers.
The title is derived from "Cook's Tour," a British idiomatic phrase meaning a brief or cursory guide to a subject or place. Its origin is in the trips organized by Thomas Cook
in the 19th century.