I love him on TV too–“A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network hooked me, and then I followed him over to the Travel Channel for “No Reservations.” I love that he doesn’t always take the well trodden Western Frenchified food paths (even though that’s been the core of his own cooking) and gives more than just a nod to other world foods. In particular I learned and liked reading just WHY he moved over to the Travel Channel (I always wondered but never investigated on why that happened):
When the Food Network asked him to stop going to Asia because “they talk funny” there, he took his show to the Travel Channel where they let him make all of the decisions.
And Bourdain’s 3rd season of “No Reservations” includes a trip to Korea, a sorely overlooked food and travel destination (just ponder the lack of travel guides South Korea). Dude loves Asia and Asian food and not in a stupid “Rice King” sort of way, either. Can’t wait to watch it!