Mariani Bites Back: Bourdain Is ‘Troubled’ and Self-Hating

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As weve mentioned, Anthony Bourdain, in his new book Medium Raw, accuses Esquire restaurant writer John Mariani of being a one-man schnorrer and motherfucker who pushes his likes and dislikes (shower cap in his comped hotel, attractive waitresses, car service) on the restaurants he visits. Without responding to those accusations (hes done that in the past, after all) or even bothering to mention that he was called out in the book (though he does wonder, don't publishers pass authors trash by libel lawyers anymore?), Mariani now issues his none-too-objective take on the increasingly troubled, cobra-heart-eating, self-loathing Bourdain.

Deploying hyperbole worthy of Tony himself, Mariani accuses Bourdain of using reptilian venom and scatological phlegm as well as the words douche bag, asshole, and fuck, which you expect from illiterate, ever-anonymous food bloggers but not from the once-stylish Bourdain. Marianis conclusion: he has spiraled down to the level of the foul-mouthed bloggers who idolize him. Way to jab at Bourdain and the blogosphere, though if youre going to call folks illiterate you might want to check the spelling of Abby [sic] Hoffman. Anyway, if you thought this latest attack on Mariani was going to get him in hot water with his editors (who have defended him in the past) think again!

The Sad Story of Anthony Bourdain [Eat Like a Man/Esquire]