In The Weeds by Tom Vitale — Book Review — Anthony Bourdain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is an antidote for a Bourdain fan. Tom writes as well as Tony I venture to say. You get hooked instantly like you would reading one of Bourdain’s fiction or non-fiction books. And Tom himself is as interesting as his subject, but so damn humble. He had a heck of a dream job to boot, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. He’s a terrific storyteller.
If you recall any behind the scene moments that aired of the show during Anthony Bourdain’s lifetime, I always noticed this nerdy swarthy guy with glasses, talking to Tony from behind the camera—Tom. The way Tony talked with him on screen for us fans to laugh at, instantly made me think of the famous conversations between Executive Producer Michael Gelmann with his hosts Regis & Kelly, or Regis & Kathy Lee Gifford. And my instinct was right, except Tom is like a little more of a son to Tony.
Interviews of Tom also intimated that Tom really understood Tony, and that his way with words was strong. Bravo Tom ?. And someone give him a movie to screenplay or something to produce and direct!
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Page Count: 288 Pages Publisher: Hachette Books ISBN-13: 9780306924071 Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography
Next up: Follow my writer godmother Karen Wormald’s blog catsworking to keep up with the Unauthorized Bourdain Bio Coming Oct. 11, called Down and Out In Paradise, by Charles Leerhsen. Karen I relished to discover is mentioned in Vitale’s book as one of his and Tony’s favorite people. She’s a treasure and is very good at detecting B.S., so I’m looking forward to what she will share.
Reading In The Weeds
Random Fact: The Anthony Rose
Anthony is a variety of Shrub Rose, named after an English boy, who despite the valiant efforts of his mother searching for a matching bone marror donor, died aged just eight years old. The flower was introduced in 2002, after the death of the mother, Shirley Nolan, the tireless charity worker who developed the world’s first bone marrow donor register in 1974: The Anthony Nolan Trust. Sadly, like Tony, Shirley took her own life. She had been battling Parkinson’s Disease for 20 years as well.