UNDERRATED: 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown'

No one wants to see this acerbic chef-turned-TV star deliver the news, which in theory was the threat in shifting from the Travel Channel to CNN. Still, this show takes the best of Bourdain ¿ his filter-free yet earnest attempts to understand other cultures ¿ and frees him from the fluff of exotic food porn. His visit to Copenhagen's Noma was illuminating, but even more so were his trips into troubled Libya, Colombia and the Congo.

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No one wants to see this acerbic chef-turned-TV star deliver the news, which in theory was the threat in shifting from the Travel Channel to CNN. Still, this show takes the best of Bourdain ¿ his filter-free yet earnest attempts to understand other cultures ¿ and frees him from the fluff of exotic food porn. His visit to Copenhagen's Noma was illuminating, but even more so were his trips into troubled Libya, Colombia and the Congo.

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