Sunday, October 12, 2014

Anthony Bourdain and Parts Unknown

I just watched the latest episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown program on CNN. In this episode, he traveled to Paraguay. What's interesting about this episode is that it's not just another food adventure for Anthony--he is also searching for his great-great-grandfather, Jean Bourdain, who left France and immigrated to Paraguay in the 1850's.  Family lore had it that Jean went to Paraguay to seek out a kind of utopia, via a new, Latin American version of Bordeaux, France. The other legend was he was a gun-runner, a drug-runner, or a hat maker/seller. Or all of them. Unfortunately, the family lost track of and never knew what happened to Jean.
True to fashion, Anthony is enjoying his usual food journey, enjoying Paraguayan cuisine while finding clues to his ancestor.  Although it's not a typical genealogy program, it's a great twist for Anthony Bourdain. It's not just about the food, it's family history too!

By the way--many of CNN's on-air talent are sharing their genealogical adventures all this week.

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