I don’t know what Bourdain’s comment referred to, I can only assume he was talking about the “animal fat is bad for you” line.
Bourdain’s show and business must be targeted to people ignorant of food, because most every decent French restaurant cook will happily discuss with a customer how healthy a balanced diet is, which most certainly includes the incredibly wonderful health benefits of animal fat.
Bourdain knows this if he knows anything about good food. He’s simply spewing the politics of the left, perhaps so much that he even believes it.
I’ve seen a bit of his show, and all I remember is him acting cool and jaunting around to different places.
Cooking show hosts often get far too wrapped up in themselves, instead of just cooking, describing and leaving it go at that, which is what the good ones do. I’ll go along with some “elevated” thoughts - a wonderful show with Pepin and Itzhak Perlman comes to mind, or the architectural meanderings of Lydia’s daughter - as they make an interesting and enjoyable blend of ideas. But spewing on about left-wing causes is only coldly ironic, IMHO, since far-left politics has been one of the leading causes of starvation and famine.
He was talking about some of her recipes like her hamburger on donuts instead of a bun. Bourdain is a lefty but his eyes are opening. He was openly critical of the neo-Sandinistas in the Nicaragua show and he has hung out with Ted Nugent on another.