"Moveable Feast" Moves Wherever Anthony Bourdain Hasn't Yet Review

This may be the best _____ I've ever tasted.

Wait, a show about someone going to different cities to partake of their local cuisine? That's amazing! I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for such a thing and to discover it's now in its second season is like, literally, a whole omelet on my face. These shows are so thick on the ground that they're becoming difficult to distinguish. It's become a matter of hair, accent, and whether the food is supposed to look tasty or repulsive. Moveable Feast is hosted by Pete Evans, "Australia's top celebrity chef", whereby he goes to different cities and partakes of their local cuisine--if by local cuisine you mean a generalized likeness cheffed up with strange meats and cheeses and stellar presentation. This is Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking magazine.

Evans is well described as a celebrity chef. He's handsome with the genuine geniality that only an Australian could supply. Sometimes, he doesn't really seem to know what he's doing, but he's laughing so it's probably alright. I also noticed the slightly annoying verbal tick of describing everything is beautiful. All produce is beautiful. He's going to go over there and make a beautiful salad or she's going to chop up some beautiful tomatoes. Then, the results are the absolute best thing he's ever had in his life. It's like the guy from Memento (2000) wandered into a kitchen full of tasty treats. But, of course, that's the food show's trope. I've never seen one of these hosts go into a weird local restaurant, slurp down something green and say, "Christ alive! What is this shit?" What is slightly different about this show is that there's a fair amount of explanation with some of the dishes, as though they're encouraging the people at home to prepare this meat salad. Very much the same as most food shows, this isn't a place for vegetarians though they might pick up on technique.

Bonus features

Printable recipes for Spiced Chicken with Papaya-Mango Salsa, Grated Carrot Salad with Raisins (I think I got that one), Lamb Sausage Patties with Avocado Relish, Grilled Pork Loin with Peaches, Coffee Creme Brûlée, "and more".

"Moveable Feast Season 2" is on sale February 3, 2015 and is not rated. Documentary. Starring Pete Evans.

Jason Ratigan • Staff Writer

A lawyer-turned-something-else with a strong appreciation for film and television.  He knows he can't read every great book ever written, but seeing every good movie ever made is absolutely doable.  Check out his other stuff on Wordpress.


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