Remembering Anthony Bourdain | Friends from all walks of life remember Bourdain | How Bourdain redefined culinary celebrity
June 13, 2018
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Celebrating the life and work of Anthony Bourdain
Remembering Anthony Bourdain
Bourdain (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)
Through his work as a writer and television host, Anthony Bourdain influenced and supported culinary professionals and inspired countless others by chronicling his experiences in the kitchen and his travels around the globe.

With his tragic passing Friday at age 61, the world lost a gifted storyteller whose talent, enthusiasm and appetite for adventure will long be remembered. Bourdain graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and worked in professional kitchens for more than 20 years, inspiring him to write the New Yorker article that later developed into his book, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." He also authored cookbooks, novels, comic books and travel tomes, including "A Cook’s Tour" and "No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach," both of which had companion TV series. Bourdain filmed 11 seasons of the show "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" with CNN and was the executive producer and narrator for the PBS series "Mind of a Chef."

This Special Report commemorates Bourdain's life, shares remembrances from those who knew him and looks at some of the many contributions he's made as a chef and storyteller.

Remembering Anthony Bourdain
Friends from all walks of life remember Bourdain
Remembrances, condolences and expressions of sadness flooded social media at the news of Anthony Bourdain's death Friday, from chefs, celebrities, media personalities and even former President Barack Obama. "A chef's chef, a brilliant storyteller, and an incredible mind who opened up the entire world to us through food and the people he met along the way," chef Dominique Ansel wrote on Instagram.
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How Bourdain redefined culinary celebrity
Anthony Bourdain was anything but a typical celebrity chef, and his book "Kitchen Confidential" explored the teamwork that goes into making a restaurant kitchen work, writes Slate's Sara Dickerman. His TV shows revealed to the world that good food and even better stories could be found in the farthest corners of the world.
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Bourdain told global tales with empathy
Anthony Bourdain traveled the world and used food as a vehicle to show his US television audience the stories of people displaying dignity in tough circumstances, writes Kanishk Tharoor. Bourdain's empathy for the underdog allowed him to tell the stories that would have otherwise gone untold.
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Bourdain's small stories illustrated wider issues
In addition to his TV shows, Anthony Bourdain curated a series for Roads & Kingdoms dubbed Dispatched, which shared stories from around the world. "Telling stories that humanized people who might otherwise be unseen or unheard was important to him, and it's something we will strive to continue in our work," Roads & Kingdoms Executive Editor Anup Kaphle writes.
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In his own words: stories and speeches
Bourdain tells next generation of chefs to cultivate positive kitchens
Anthony Bourdain's commencement speech in 2017 urged Culinary Institute of America graduates to promote a culture of positivity and inclusivity in kitchens as they enter the professional world. "As chefs, as leaders, as employers, we are going to have to address this in a serious way," said the CIA alum, who received an honorary doctorate from CIA President Tim Ryan.
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Bourdain passed along his father's love of food, family
In this 2012 essay Anthony Bourdain reminisced about the influence his late father had on his outlook on food and life and he reveled in the joys of sharing those lessons with his own daughter. "He taught me early that the value of a dish is the pleasure it brings you; where you are sitting when you eat it -- and who you are eating it with -- are what really matter," he wrote.
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The essay that cast Bourdain into the spotlight
This 1999 New Yorker essay titled "Don't Eat Before Reading This" was the work that launched Anthony Bourdain's high-profile career as a storyteller in the world of food. The tale gave readers a glimpse into the realities of the restaurant kitchen and how the writer developed a passion for his profession.
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The story behind Bourdain's first published piece
New Yorker editor David Remnick read Anthony Bourdain's "Don't Eat Before Reading This" essay in 1998, after his wife passed it along from Anthony Bourdain's mother, a colleague at The New York Times. "Any editor will tell you that the best thing about the job is saying 'yes.' It's calling someone up who's not used to it and saying, 'I want to publish your piece,'" Remnick said.
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In the kitchen
Why Bourdain's French cookbook is worth another read
Anthony Bourdain's "Les Halles Cookbook" is a much-overlooked work that deserves more attention, writes Annaliese Griffin. The book is full of accessible recipes and techniques for French cooking that are appropriate for today's kitchens, she says.
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