I've been at this one a little while, reading bits here and there, and finished off the tail end tonight. I downloaded it while visiting my folks in Mississippi this past April. They have satellite tv, a sort of novelty for the girl who just put aluminum foil atop our rabbit ears in hopes of catching a few more stations a few days ago, and I found myself watching No Reservations two times a day (which I'm sad to just this second find out is coming to an end). Not to mention developing a bit of a crush on Anthony Bourdain (I hear this is common - even if his bad boy schtick does come off a little forced in the show's editing. The Ramones. We get it.). All said, while enjoyable, I'm not sure I'd be as heavy handed with the praise as those cover blurbs from Newsweek and the ilk tend toward (I'd save them for No Reservations instead - where some episodes have true moments of beauty).

Reading list 2012:

1. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick

2. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

3. Just Kids by Patti Smith

4. Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block

5. Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

6. Ray by Barry Hannah

7. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain