Bourdain is back this Sunday, and he's getting back to his political roots.
The premiere of the new season of Parts Unknown starts off in Los Angeles, with an episode that pretends “Nobody lives in L.A. but Mexicans” – and that means he’ll be eating tons of mouth watering Mexican dishes in both the traditional and re-imagined Mexican-American style. Bourdain has done one episode focused on L.A. previously, with a 2013 entry that, in part, focused on another immigrant community: Koreatown.
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Before launching into the food itself Bourdain gives the audience an important reminder, and his reason for focusing on Los Angeles in particular: 1 in 10 people living in Los Angeles are undocumented – a sizeable population that the city relies for many of its restaurant workers. The episode hopes to be an homage to the city's immigrant (and in many cases, original) residents, and an appreciation of their iconic cuisine in the American food landscape.