No Reservations, by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury 2007)

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No Reservations is an illustrated companion to his TV series of the same name, and serves as a kind of behind the scenes journal of the making of the TV show. The photographs are mainly informal, shot by the crew during filming, and are intimate, amusing and warm. The book is arranged by continent, and there is a brief text by Bourdain about the experience of filming and eating in each location. It's really a book for fans, there isn't a great deal new here, but it has a great charm, and is an insight into his life before it daisy spiralled out of control.