Anthony Bourdain does not eat on airplanes.
In a recent interview with Bon Appetit, the chef/author/travel host talked about travel and how he “never” eats when flying. “No one has ever felt better after eating plane food. I think people only eat it because they’re bored. I don’t eat on planes. I like to arrive hungry,” he explained.
There are, however, some exceptions. He said that during long-haul flights, he would order some cheese and port: “I’d eat some cheese and drink myself stupid.”
When asked if he thinks it’s OK to bring food on a plane, he answered: “If you want to be the most despised person in the cabin, bring some good barbecue on and have everybody in the plane smell it. I brought some Joe’s BBQ on the plane from Kansas City once, and the look of pure loathing on everyone’s faces as I gnawed on my ribs—I wouldn’t care to repeat it.
In the same interview, Bourdain gave some pointers on how to drink in another country: “Don’t drink at your hotel,” he said. “Find out where the people who work at your hotel do their drinking.”
When spending time with locals, he tells readers to be open: “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “If it’s appropriate to drink alcohol, drink heavily. Be smart, but be open to the world.”
Bourdain’s show, CNN’s Parts Unknown, premiered late April with episodes on Manila, Philippines, Chicago, and The Greek Islands. On May 15th, the show will concentrate on Montana.
Aside from the show, Bourdain has also recently announced the release of his new book Appetites: A Cookbook under Harper Collins imprint Ecco Books, to be released in October. Pre-orders are already being accepted.