A Cook's Tour

The BEST episodes of A Cook's Tour

Every episode of A Cook's Tour ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of A Cook's Tour!

A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines is a New York Times bestselling book written by chef and author Anthony Bourdain in 2001. It is Bourdain's account of his world travels — eating exotic local dishes and experiencing life as a native in each country. The book was simultaneously made into a television series featuring Bourdain for the Food Network.

Last Updated: 9/7/2022Network: Food Network
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San Sebastian: A Food Lover's Town
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9.24
50 votes

#1 - San Sebastian: A Food Lover's Town

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/5/2002

In San Sebastian, Spain, Tony explores the food-crazed Basque culture. Tony's guide, Chef Luis Irizar, takes Tony into the exclusively male underworld of Basque gastronomic societies. Later, Tony explores the tapas bars that reflect the city's finest example of everyday Basque delights.

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A Taste of Tokyo
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9.05
58 votes

#2 - A Taste of Tokyo

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/8/2002

Tony travels to Tokyo where he discovers a radically new cooking attitude with a delicate respect for ingredients. He begins in the Tsujiki market, Tokyo's largest fresh fish market. and then is introduced to the sophisticated techniques involved in preparing edomae sushi. Finally, Tony is introduced to the hefty, yes sophisticated, culinary diets of Sumo wrestlers.

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Stuffed Like a Pig
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8.52
48 votes

#3 - Stuffed Like a Pig

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/8/2002

Visiting his boss's family farm in Portugal, Tony helps slaughter and feast on a pig the family has been fattening all year. Having had enough pork, Tony heads to France to experience the rich delights of a foie gras farm. Finally, Tony revisits Arcachon with his brother Chris, where he attempts to devour a veal's head.

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Wild Delicacies
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8.48
50 votes

#4 - Wild Delicacies

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/22/2002

With a friend along for the ride, Tony travels to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he explores a food culture that is both pleasing to the palette and slightly frightening. Scouring the local outdoor market for delicacies, they experience a sensory overload, finding everything from deep-fried crickets to flourescent Jello-like substances and steaming containers of tripe and tongues.

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The French Laundry Experience
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8.43
14 votes

#5 - The French Laundry Experience

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/30/2002

Marooned in San Francisco, Tony tastes local shellfish and durian ice cream before embarking on a pilgrimage to experience the genius of Thomas Keller, chef and owner of The French Laundry.

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Eating on the Mekong
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8.37
51 votes

#6 - Eating on the Mekong

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/15/2002

Tony soaks up the intoxicating beauty upriver of Ho Chi Minh City as he samples the wares of the Cai Rang floating market. Further upriver, Tony shares laughs, sings, and drinks a lot of Mekong moonshine with the welcoming owners of a duck farm. Although thoroughly seduced by his Vietnam experience, Tony is not sure the royal dish "Bird's Nest Soup" is all it's cracked up to be.

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Dining with Geishas
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8.36
53 votes

#7 - Dining with Geishas

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/12/2002

Moving on from Tokyo, Tony decides to look for a more relaxing, traditional Japanese culinary experience in the countryside. Aboard the ultra fast Shinkansan bullet train, Tony travels to an old-style Japanese inn that specializes in kaiseki cuisine, ancient tea ceremony, and local ingredients served by women in traditional geisha attire.

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A Pleasing Palate
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8.25
12 votes

#8 - A Pleasing Palate

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/20/2002

Tony lands in London on a mission to dispel the myth that all English food is disgusting and over-boiled. Trying Nose to Tail Eating, Tony enjoys a meal of kid liver salad, whole roasted pig head, grilled ox heart, and breaded pigtails. Tony also explores traditional fare at Pie and Mash Shoppes and then visits a predominantly Indian community and indulges in a home-cooked London Punjab meal.

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The Cook Who Came In From the Cold
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8.17
18 votes

#9 - The Cook Who Came In From the Cold

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/19/2002

Tony plays spy in Russia when he receives instructions to seek out a man holding a torn newspaper in front of St. Isaac's Cathedral. Once contact is made, Tony and his new partner (Zamir Gotta) set off to locate the best blinis and borscht St. Petersburg has to offer, but first the two spies enjoy a country lunch of pickled salads and braised reindeer. Tony concludes his mission with a trip to St. Petersburg Market and a hearty home cooked meal of borscht, meat filled dumplings and large amounts of vodka.

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MY Hometown Favorites
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8.13
16 votes

#10 - MY Hometown Favorites

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/23/2002

Passionate about his city, Tony gives us an intimate tour of the New York City foods he knows and loves-sturgeon and bagels, fluke ceviche, pan-seared foie gras, braised veal cheek, authentic cheese and, of course, a hotdog at Papaya King Frankfurters and Juices.

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Childhood Flavors
star
8.11
19 votes

#11 - Childhood Flavors

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/29/2002

Arcachon, the birthplace of Tony's father, is where Bourdain first learned to love food as a child. Returning for a trip down memory lane, Tony enjoys childhood staples, including steak frites, gaufres (waffles), soupe de pecheur (fisherman's soup) and fresh oysters. Tony's sentimental journey ends with French bread and garlic sausage-a simple tribute to his father.

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Puebla, Where the Good Cooks Are From
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8.07
14 votes

#12 - Puebla, Where the Good Cooks Are From

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/12/2002

According to Tony, the best line cooks in NYC come from Mexico, and with this in mind, he travels to the Puebla, the heartland of Mexican cuisine, and enjoys numerous mole sauces, toasted ant eggs, fried worms, and the legendary pulque (a slightly hallucinogenic drink made from cactus sap).

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Traditional Tastes
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8.06
16 votes

#13 - Traditional Tastes

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/7/2002

Tony is invited to experience the culinary heart and distinct walled medinas (districts) of the Moroccan city Fes. Tony's meals revolve around the family's home kitchen, where the cooks show Tony the preparation of the region's most beloved dishes such as pigeon bastilla, cous-cous with steamed vegetables, and a variety of exquisite salads.

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Elements of a Great Bar
star
8.06
16 votes

#14 - Elements of a Great Bar

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/21/2003

Join Tony on his quest to characterize the perfect bar. With him, discover the importance of a "maniacal bartender", the proper chemical makeup of drinks, the joys of seedy dive-bars and the need for late night snacks.

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Highland Grub
star
7.93
14 votes

#15 - Highland Grub

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 7/12/2002

Adventuring to the outer reaches of the United Kingdom, Tony insists that Scotland is a place of extraordinary cuisine. Beginning in Glasgow, Tony experiences the heart-clogging glory of a deep fried pizza, deep fried mars bars, deep fried pickled eggs, and deed fried everything! Moving on to more traditional fare, Tony tastes a classic haggis and learns to hunt and fish for his food.

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Tamales and Iguana, Oaxacan Style
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7.88
17 votes

#16 - Tamales and Iguana, Oaxacan Style

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/2/2002

Chef Tony Bourdain explores the exotic and colorful indigenous zone of Mexico's Oaxaca region. Here he tastes toasted grasshoppers, tripe soup and a local red-oil sausage, while observing the making of the regional variation on tamales. His adventure ends with dinner on the street, mariachi music and, of course, lost of tequila.

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Cod Crazy
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7.81
21 votes

#17 - Cod Crazy

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/17/2002

Portuguese cuisine holds a dear place in Tony's culinary heart. Not only is it the first type of food he learned to love as a young chef, but his boss, Jose Meirelles, hails from Portugal. With Jose, Tony travels to Porto, home of the famous Port wine, where he is immediately exposed to the codfish and the almost mythical place it holds in Portuguese cuisine and culture.

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Los Angeles, My Own Heart of Darkness
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7.77
13 votes

#18 - Los Angeles, My Own Heart of Darkness

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/26/2002

New York chef, Anthony Bourdain, descends into the culinary underbelly of his metropolitan nemesis, Los Angeles, where he experiences the trials of celebrity fame and the joys of West Coast cuisine.

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My Life As a Cook-NYC
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7.77
13 votes

#19 - My Life As a Cook-NYC

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/5/2002

Experience the formative moments of Tony's career as he revisits his first job, the culinary institute that taught him the basics, a normal workday at Les Halles Brasserie, and his mysterious mentor, Bigfoot.

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Eating on the Edge of Nowhere
star
7.70
27 votes

#20 - Eating on the Edge of Nowhere

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/26/2002

Taking his obsession with the film Apocalypse Now a little too seriously, Tony sets out of Pailin-reputed to be one of the most dangerous towns on earth. On his journey, Tony experiences nameless waterways, landmine infested roads, unwelcomed guests, and road side delicacies. Arriving in Pailin, Tony realizes the city may be much different than he imagines. After completing his journey in Cambodia, Tony returns to Japan to reacquaint himself with civilization.

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So Much Vodka, So Little Time
star
7.65
17 votes

#21 - So Much Vodka, So Little Time

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/16/2002

Tony continues his mission in Russia with a tour of local working class specialities. The first stop is the frozen Neva River, where he tries his hand at ice-fishing-an exercise in stamina and vodka drinking. Following the workout, Tony feasts on Russian foods, including the rare koulibiak, a baked fish pie formerly eaten by the Czars. After so much food and vodka, Tony takes a break at a Russian bath. He steams, eats smoked fish and ends the outing with a dip in the outdoor cold pool.

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Cobra Heart-Food That Makes You Manly
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7.59
29 votes

#22 - Cobra Heart-Food That Makes You Manly

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/19/2002

After taking a cyclo ride through Ho Chi Minh City and trying various foods from roadside vendors and markets, Tony enjoys a unique dining atmosphere where sizzling hot rice cakes fly overhead. Later, Tony tests his might with a few shots of snake wine and a live cobra heart.

Desert Feast
star
7.58
12 votes

#23 - Desert Feast

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/5/2002

Chef Tony Bourdain arrives in Morocco with a mission: to eat a roasted sheep in the desert. As Tony journeys through the Sahara, he observes the slaughtering of a sheep, eats meat pies with blue-robed Berber men, rides a camel and, finally, experiences the flavors of mud-oven-roasted sheep.

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The Struggle for the Soul of America
star
7.58
12 votes

#24 - The Struggle for the Soul of America

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/28/2003

Tony travels to the grain belt capitol, Minneapolis, to inspect the conflict between creative independent operators and generic franchises. Beginning in the food nightmare within the Mall of America, Tony vows to find good cuisine within the city.

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No Beads, No Babes, No Bourbon Street
star
7.58
19 votes

#25 - No Beads, No Babes, No Bourbon Street

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/28/2003

In New Orleans, Tony catches a Bayou alligator, cools off with a world famous sno cone, gets in trouble with the law, eats jambalaya with a dancing chef and, finally, relaxes to some local jazz.

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