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I got your flock of haircuts right here, pal.

(Sent by my friend Peter who said he got it off the Dwight Englewood high school yearbook site.)

And Cynthia sent another good link to more pix, the sad decent of fine young man going over to the dark side of the seventies coiffure.

And in other food blog news: Carol Blymire, who gave us French Laundry at Home, has announced her next project.  It may well make the recipes in The French Laundry Cookbook feel like 30 minute meals.

Bourdain Update: The Globe-Slacker Responds:

Oh, Ruhlman…Ruhlman…Ruhlman.

Here I was, all blissed out, half-swacked on negronis and looking out over the canals of Venice, the golden hues of late afternoon playing on the water, my little girl nibbling happily on a biscotto by my knee. I was–to say the least–in a charitable mood, a happy, all-is-well-with-the-world kind of a mood. Draining the last bit of gin/vermouth/campari mix from my glass, I stepped into my palatial lodgings  to check my e-mail. Some very disturbing and unsolicited inquiries from former fans of Tiny Tim, German trannies, and–judging from the spelling–stoned out hippie freaks. Apparently, still stinging from my perfectly reasonable and accurate observations regarding your supernaturally lustrous hair,you felt compelled to dig deep into my past, going so far as to burglarize my old high school.

Vengeance will be mine, Ruhlman. I have employed a most excellent and reputable firm of Venetian detectives who assure me that the photos of you–at the Kajagoogoo concert, 1986, will soon be in my hands.They tell me as well that that infommercial you made with Suzanne Sommers? Copies STILL exist.

My hopes for political office have been ruined, Ruhlman. And for this, you will pay a truly terrible price.

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70 Wonderful responses to “Bourdain: No More Dippity Do”

  • GastroGirls

    May I add that Ruhlman does bear and uncanny resemblance to Uncle Joey, of Full House fame? With a better coiff of course.

    I heart you Michael and all the elements of cookery that you stand for. You make me want to go to cooking school and make stocks and consomme’s for all my friends to indulge in.

    http://www.gastrogirls.com

  • Deborah Dowd

    So does Bourdain have a picture of Michael a la Flock of Seagulls?! Vengeance is a dish best served cold…. and publishing those pictures was really cold!

  • Claudia (The Original)

    Oh, dear God. I can hardly wait for the Ruhlman Mullet Fest that is to follow.

    Tony, I could always see those physical traits you inherited from your mother, but you definitely look like your father!

  • Deborah Dowd

    So does Bourdain have a picture of Michael a la Flock of Seagulls?! Vengeance is a dish best served cold…. and publishing those pictures was really cold!

  • Claudia (The Original)

    Oh, dear God. I can hardly wait for the Ruhlman Mullet Fest that is to follow.

    Tony, I could always see those physical traits you inherited from your mother, but you definitely look like your father!

  • Bill Clearlake

    You look like a chick I spent a night of drunken debauchery with at a kegger party in the Duquesne University dorms back in ’72.

    OMFG! I knew there was something weird about that chick!

    Don’t feel bad. There are even worse pics of me from that era floating around.

  • Pastry Chef Suzy

    Hey Bourdain – I have photos of Ruhlman backstage at the Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax!” tour 1986 – and you don’t even wanna KNOW what he’s doing to that dancin’ dude with the baseball cap.

    BTW: Beware! You fanatic morbidly obese Bourdain groupie who’s hubby runs a Vista hacker site: I’m not on Windows anymore, so you can kiss my you-know-what with your pernicious hard-drive killing hack-ware. I buy my ‘puters at Wal-Mart, where the elite meet to buy their non-Windows based hack-proof hardware!

  • Chris

    Drugs? Rock and Roll? Foie Gras? Nope I don’t see it….. I bet you that when he eventually got it all cut off he donated it to “Hairclub For Carnivores” LOL

  • mike pardus

    Anthony – when you can run for office, let me know how you did it…my past is the only thing keeping me out of politics – and it ain’t the hair. My pix from ’76 look embarrassingly similar….

  • Ted

    Hey, he hasn’t had to join THE HAIR CLUB FOR MEN!

    I could still have hair like that.. at least I’m not needing a combover. Bourdain should be glad he still has hair.

  • Wilmita

    Actually, Anthony Bourdain bears a striking resemblance to Charles Stuart or King Charles II of The United Kingdom.

    Or perhaps even more like King Charles II’s cousin Louis XIV, “The Sun King”, of France.”

    Small wonder a branch of the Bourdain family fled to Uruguay in the early-to-mid nineteenth century and returned when The House of Hapsburg was finished in France, or whenever…

    Wilmita

  • luis

    The hair, the tat’s, the earings… does anyone detect a pattern there? Man chasing a trend… trend running away from man…man running again…seeking the next trend…

  • Cygnetos

    Gee…… He looks like my old friend Twitch.
    Late of this earth after lo these many years
    of too many cigerettes, poor haircut, bad diet and an interest in vodka and pharmaceuticals.
    Nah!………………….
    He couldn’t cook.
    Not him.

  • 2 Sticks of Butter

    Oh, Tony….ROFL, that is some serious bad hair my friend. You look like a lesbian assistant professor from Vassar!

  • Frances

    The jacket though – that says “Hey, I’m not going to be spending my entire life at the local head shop. Just the high school years.” Nice touch of coolness.

  • Debrouillard in WI

    Holy crap!!! I never knew that Tony was in the cast of the Addam’s Family!?!

  • Tags

    -
    With you two, tongue and cheek are inseparable.

    Really, Tony, just be glad he didn’t show that picture of you and Sandra Lee spreading Crisco on white bread with an Abba poster on the wall.

  • jodycakes

    I love it when good friends joust in such a way…always keeps one another on their toes!
    And so the battle continues…Hee hee hee.
    And really, did you go to Kajagoogoo???
    We all love the 70′s and 80′s right? We all had bad hair too…:)

  • Vincent Mack

    i really didnt want to comment but…

    really tony? really? you talked shit about someone’s hair with these pics floating around? holy shit. hosanna in the highest shit, man.

    looks like two wombats fucking your ears dude.

    in the words of fret…YOWZA

  • Brian

    Holy God!

    Lock the doors kids..

    Awesome find, but a somber reminder that we all have pics of ourselves out there like this…choose your battles wisely ;)

    Cheers!
    Brian

  • mike pardus

    I wasn’t going to comment on this, but my 9 year old daughter – who’s a BIG TB Fan – just saw the pix and asked – “Wait, is the short one Tony and the tall one his GIRL FRIEND?”…sorry, just too funny not to share…

  • Whopow75

    Mr. B.,
    To use the culinary vernacular, revenge is a dish best served cold. And bravo on nursing a Negroni in Venice – very appropo. I HOPE this whole exchange doesn’t descend to the juvenile stage – like about when these photos were taken. Oy.

  • Michelle

    At first I thought it was that guy from the movie “Mask”. Then my son walked into the room and said, “Hey, there’s a guy from The Flaming Lips “Fearless Freaks” DVD. Oh, no, it’s just Bourdain.” You should put a disclaimer before this photo that states: Would you let this guy cook your dinner?

  • FoodPuta

    Now I remember Bourdain! He was the guy that stunk of Petuli oil, and sold four finger bags of Mexican dirt weed in the parking lot.
    We all figured he would end up as a fry cook at the local greasy-spoon.

    Good work Ruhlman!!

  • Sean

    Laugh all you want, people, but if he was working as a cook with that hair, just think of all the intestinal blockage brought on my stray strands in salads and soups.
    Not funny
    (Yeah, it is)

  • Robyn

    hehehe! Yep Tony is my age for sure! I have an exact picture of my husband in the early 70s! I hope, by all that is sacred and holy, that Tony did not go into a kitchen, (other than to eat!) with that hair. Oh heck, what am I saying? It was the 70s. hehehehehe

  • june-baby

    How does that one line go in that song, I’am way to sexy for my hair…. no wait, is it I’am way to sexy for my shirt.

    Loved your payback Ruhlman, but you know Tony will get you back some how.

  • bourdain

    Oh, Ruhlman…Ruhlman…Ruhlman.
    Here I was, all blissed out, half-swacked on negronis and looking out over the canals of Venice, the golden hues of late afternoon playing on the water, my little girl nibbling happily on a biscotto by my knee. I was–to say the least–in a charitable mood, a happy, all-is-well-with-the-world kind of a mood. Draining the last bit of gin/vermouth/campari mix from my glass, I stepped into my palatial lodgings to check my e-mail. Some very disturbing and unsolicited inquiries from former fans of Tiny Tim, German trannies, and–judging from the spelling–stoned out hippie freaks. Apparently, still stinging from my perfectly reasonable and accurate observations regarding your supernaturally lustrous hair,you felt compelled to dig deep into my past, going so far as to burglarize my old high school.
    Vengeance will be mine, Ruhlman. I have employed a most excellent and reputable firm of Venetian detectives who assure me that the photos of you–at the Kajagoogoo concert, 1986, will soon be in my hands.They tell me as well that that infommercial you made with Suzanne Sommers? Copies STILL exist.
    My hopes for political office have been ruined, Ruhlman. And for this, you will pay a truly terrible price.

  • june-baby

    OMG, Ruhlman went to a Kajagoogoo concert in 1986.

    Ruhlman look out for those Venetian detectives bawhahaha, I told you so that Bourdain would get back at you.

  • rockandroller

    Wonderful! And by that I mean the use of the single “biscotto.” The hair? Frampton Comes Alive.

  • mark

    ha, i wonder how many dwight-englewood alum food dorks are gonna come out of the woodwork for this gem of a post. ->’95 here.

    alison, duffy was still kickin around when i was there, but i think his english teaching days were over.

  • KMAD

    Killer locks, Chef!!

    “Oh say can you see – my eyes if you can, then my hair’s too short!” ~HAIR~

    (Nice payback, Ruhlman!)

  • Robert

    I was going to say that you were way wrong to post such a photo of your friend. Then I decided I should check what prompted such a nuclear attack.

    He had it coming.

  • do

    As I do not have an Alinea cookbook yet (birhday’s coming…), I can’t comment on how hard the recipes are, but in a previous post you commented that the average home chef/cook might struggle to actually do the recipes. Any chance there’s a few that Carol simply won’t be able to do?

  • MessyONE

    Skinny man + long fuzzy hair = cotton candy on a stick.

    Oh dear. Those are the photos that evil parents threaten to show everyone at graduations and weddings.

    Then again, during the Feral Years, I sported a pink and white striped brush cut, so I can’t really talk…

  • amber

    that hair! so great! :D

    cannot wait for carol’s new project. i’m glad she’s not leaving the blogosphere now that TFL is almost complete.

  • Phil

    Didn’t Tony show this picture in his New Jersey episode of No Reservations?

    Either way, the 70′s were unkind to people in regards to hair styles and fashion. If it weren’t for drugs and rock & roll, the entire decade would have sucked.

  • Maddux

    Hey it’s Luke Skywalker & Chewbacca! No wait. Who cares about the hair… Please tell me that’s a 1971 Dodge Charger HEMI in the background?! – Please say yes!

  • Kate in the NW

    OMG, Bourdain’s got no license whatsoever to rag on Pacific Northwesterners for seeming like creepy serial killers (statistics aside…). Sasquatch lives! (Sorry, AB – you know we love you…but MY GOD – THAT HAIR – what were you THINKING?! Even for 1970, that’s bad…).

    My heart skipped a beat when I read your next topic, too (not in terror this time, but in anticipation…) Could it be…will it be…it HAS to be…[click through to the linked page] YES! ALINEA! This will be fun…

  • KS

    hahahahahah. Oh I still love him but ya know, if I was around back then, would Tony have been the coolest dude on the block, or the most tragic?

  • Alison Evans-Fragale

    Dwight-Englewood School (DES) produced some of the most eloquent, altruistic, and talented individuals I know!

    BTW, is that John Foy with Tony?

    Mr. Duffy was the best English teacher–EVER!

    Alison
    DES Class of ’80

  • Andrew

    How is she going to pull of the Alinea recipes? This I have to see. It took me the better part of a day just to figure out how I could mimic the anti-griddle.

  • Marty

    God, don’t eff with Ruhlman. The man has a memory like an elephant…lucky Nugent didn’t see this pic before he and Tony met.

  • Tags

    How far he’d come from that fateful day in June of 1956 when Gogi Grant’s “The Wayward Wind” topped the pop charts.

  • Amy

    Bourdain with a head full of hair. Nice!

    Just saw her page…I’m looking forward to her upcoming adventures with Alinea.