Anthony Michael Bourdain, June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018, was born in New York City and was raised in suburban New Jersey. Many knew Bourdain for being a talented chef, author, journalist, and traveller. Parts Unknown and Reservations is his bestselling book that sheds light on some surprising, often darker life details in the culinary industry.
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Bourdain’s collection of memoirs about working as a chef and what goes on behind the scenes in a professional kitchen was the work that first shot him to fame. After his untimely death, “Kitchen Confidential” skyrocketed on Amazon and currently sits on the No.1 best-selling list.
However, his big break came from serving as a chef at Les Halles and writing a kitchen scene expose for the New Yorker.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN QUOTES
Here are 30 curated quotes from Bourdain’s books, writings, and interviews for the past years. Check out Anthony Bourdain’s travel book and cookbook.
“The cooking profession, while it’s a noble craft and a noble calling, ’cause you’re doing something useful – you’re feeding people, you’re nurturing them, you’re providing sustenance – it was never pure.”
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly. You leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – changes you.”
“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
“I always entertain the notion that I’m wrong, or that I’ll have to revise my opinion. Most of the time that feels good; sometimes it really hurts and is embarrassing.”
“You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”
“I, personally, think there is a real danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.”
“Vegetarians and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.”
If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”
Even though Bourdain has gone far too soon, he is loved as the most unfiltered, bold, charismatic, and outspoken chef in the culinary industry. People love his wanderlust for traditions, and his passion for the history of Food he was eating will remain for the rest of our lives. His natural curiosity in different cultures led Bourdain to the path of the world’s most favourite chef and travel host.
We will always have his quotes about travel, life, and reality to push us to learn more about the value of food, travel, and acceptance. We’ve curated these 30 quotes on his teachings about life, food, happiness, and adventure to give you wisdom in your daily life.