Jennifer Reese
November 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Year of Eating Dangerously

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Tom Parker Bowles
publisher
St. Martin's Press
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it an A-

”As much as I want to be Anthony Bourdain, it ain’t going to happen,” Tatler columnist Tom Parker Bowles announces in The Year of Eating Dangerously. ”I’m not a six foot two achingly cool New York chef who’ll devour anything in his sight.” Maybe not, but Prince Charles’ stepson is a bracingly funny writer who nudges Bourdain’s shtick in his own appealing direction. Whether he’s choking down dog stew in Korea or sipping cobra bile in China, Parker Bowles imbues his odyssey with self-deprecatory wit and sensitivity that make this travelogue a rare treat. A-

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