The Parts Unknown crew went to West Virginia last fall and shot an episode filled with exploding pumpkins and rock bouncers. We compiled our favorite moments leaked through social media over the past few months. Have you been paying attention?
Forget where you came from. Open your mind . https://t.co/jKZAfyIrnZ— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) September 13, 2017
Tony spent an afternoon discussing the future of the coal industry with local miners, who shared their pull-apart tender slow-roasted bear and chicken meat.
Tony experiences the “undeniable visceral thrill of blowing shit up” firsthand with the owners of JMac Customs, a gun manufacturing company.
Getting ready to do some target practice with explosive-filled pumpkins!
A recent performance from Tyler Childers, whose emotionally raw, introspective music is featured throughout this episode. His character-driven, narrative-based songs are evocative of some of the struggles experienced throughout the Appalachian region. His song, “Nose on the Grindstone,” about a miner’s struggles with addiction, is particularly poignant.
Episode director, Morgan Fallon, a native West Virginian, took Tony for a real ride on these rock bouncers.
Tony at Lost Creek Farm, where he sampled various West Virginia classics, including vinegar pie, pawpaw ice cream with candied wildflowers, buttermilk-poached trout with fresh-picked rhubarb, sweet-corn chowder, buttermilk-fried rabbit with fresh maple syrup, venison with a chicory-root rub and chanterelle mushrooms.
After a long day of shootin’ pumpkins and climbing vertical cliffs in some rock bouncers, it is always nice to fall asleep with some light reading.