On a trip to Paris, Bourdain stays in the room where Oscar Wilde died, goes on an absinthe bender, tours underground crypts and savors French food in out-of-the-way places, including a Parisian meat market.
Bourdain returns to Bergen County, N.J., where he was reared, to examine local culture and cuisine. Included: dining on a deep-fried hot dog known as a ripper; a “Sopranos” tour; Asbury Park. Also: Bourdain visits an Italian bakery with Mario Batali.
Tony takes a trip to Vietnam, where he chows down on some exotic dishes with an old friend. His journey takes him from the bustling streets of Hanoi to the mountains of the Montagnard people and the mysterious island of Mr. Sang.
The culture and cuisine of Sicily. Bourdain enjoys a spleen sandwich with Sicily's regional president, Salvatore Cuffaro, and samples other local specialties, including tripe and salt-encrusted fish. Also: where to get the best cannoli.
A trip to Uzbekistan includes the region's 2000-year-old capital, Tashkent. Also: a visit to a teahouse called a chaikhana; afternoon prayer in a mosque; a local village's lunchtime fare, which includes sheep organs; and a traditional Uzbek wedding.