No Reservations host Anthony Bourdain has a bone to pick with Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters. Though Bourdain has stated in the past that he cooks organic food for his family, it seems that Alice Waters' philosophy is, to him, unrealistic in our current economic climate.
In an interview with DCist, Bourdain said:
"Alice Waters annoys the living [expletive] out of me. We're all in the middle of a recession, like we're all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There's something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic. I mean I'm not crazy about our obsession with corn or ethanol and all that, but I'm a little uncomfortable with legislating good eating habits. I'm suspicious of orthodoxy, the kind of orthodoxy when it comes to what you put in your mouth. I'm a little reluctant to admit that maybe Americans are too stupid to figure out that the food we're eating is killing us. But I don't know if it's time to send out special squads to close all the McDonald's. My libertarian side is at odds with my revulsion at what we as a country have done to ourselves physically with what we've chosen to eat and our fast food culture. I'm really divided on that issue."
He later backtracked, saying, "I respect Alice Waters' enormous contribution to changing the way we eat and cook today. No one can take that away from her. No one should try."
Do you agree with Bourdain?