So: Because the barrage of inanity from the outside world ceases not, I’ve been trying to disconnect by having cooking shows on my second monitor while I do my work. I’m glad that someone uploaded full episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations to YouTube, because as far as food shows go, it’s one of my favorites.

This is the episode where Bourdain & Co. are in Beirut right as the 2006 Lebanon War starts. They make plans to leave, but before they do, Anthony pops into the kitchen of his hotel to make food for his crew. As he does the prep work, he says this (in a voice over):

“Little things save your life, or at least your sanity.”

I think that quote’s pretty poignant these days.


get to know me [5/5 movies]: no reservations (2007)

I wish there was a cookbook for life, you know? Recipes telling us exactly what to do. I know, I know, you’re gonna say “How else will you learn, Kate.”

Hmm. No, actually I wasn’t going to say that. You want to guess again?

No, no, go ahead.

Well what I was going to say was, you know better than anyone, it’s the recipes that you create yourself that are the best.

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
—  Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations