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Garlic Chicken with Tony

A Eurasianet partner post from Beacon

About 14 years ago, when Georgia was a just a charming little corrupt nation known more for kidnappings than its spectacular cuisine, my friend remarked that Anthony Bourdain absolutely must come to Georgia. We brainstormed itineraries for a Bourdain tour and then shelved our fantasies in that closet of fanciful notions we all have - or at least I did. My friend actually lobbied Bourdain over the years through various channels, including spamming his Twitter account with messages like “dude, you really need to come to Georgia.”
 
I don’t know what effect my buddy’s pestering had, but last October Bourdain’s producers contacted me for a brain-picking. Their show, Parts Unknown, was finally coming to Georgia.
 
I have seen clips from a few of his travel programs, but had never seen an entire episode of one. I know of Bourdain mostly through his book, Kitchen Confidential, a masterful memoir that resonates profoundly in anyone who has ever worked in a kitchen. I also liked his terrible mystery novel Gone Bamboo. I called my friend and told him Bourdain was coming.
 

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