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.
“Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.”
“You have to be romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.”
“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”
“Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever”
“Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”
“But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.”
“I’d put aside my psychotic rage, after many years being awful to line cooks, abusive to waiters, bullying to dishwashers. It’s terrible and counter-productive to make people feel like idiots for working hard for you.”
“Food may not be the answer to world peace, but it’s a start.”
“If you’re a writer, particularly if you’re a writer or a storyteller of any kind, there is something already kind of monstrously wrong with you.”
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.