/ RIP A Bourdain
The world lost another amazing person yesterday to suicide. Bourdain was a true original, who brought new cultures and new experiences of food into many people's lives. He conversed with the great and the humble in his own inimitable way. And through his brash and direct engagement with people across the world he helped to show that we're all pretty much the same, and fundamentally good.
Rest in power A.B.
Nicely summarised. I enjoyed his shows and presenting style.
Whilst I appreciate suicide is tragically not uncommon in modern life, 2 high profile ones in the past week are a sobering reminder of the battles so many face with their mental health.
If anyone has still yet to read Kitchen Confidential now's as good a time as any. Massively entertaining and a real historical snapshot of a very specific time in a very specific industry. He was a great read and a great watch. He was on my ultimate dinner guests list.
Such sad news, RIP Chef.
Only read Kitchen Confidential on a UKC tip a couple of years back. The guy had chops.
I'd never heard of him, or at least he didn't ring any bells for me, but found out he was a staunch supporter of Palestinian rights, so he'll be sadly missed.
Kitchen Confidential was one of the first "chef" books I read and I very much enjoyed it. He had a real talent for bringing life to the world of food.
I was really upset by this news.
He was such a good guy, he'd just go to any place, some very rough US towns or third world country and eat street food, some really rough looking restaurants in slums but eat some real classic dishes.
I'd watch his Parts Unknown shows whilst grading and lesson planning as I could just watch short sections and there's no real story to follow. Very down to Earth guy and very outspoken... said he'd serve Trump Hemlock if he ever had to cook the guy a meal.
However there's now a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton had him killed..
Parts Unknown was one of the best series on USA television . Loved it.
> Parts Unknown was one of the best series on USA television . Loved it.
While I never saw it in the US I have many memories of watching episodes on a KLM flight back from the Far East. The one he did on Amsterdam was especially memorable. For some reason, I've been really saddened by his death. I suppose he was someone I'd really have liked to have met, he seemed like e a good guy.
Here's a nice selection of interviews and reviews: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/08/books/best-of-anthony-bourdain.html
"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. It's to have fun in."
That encouraged me to explore - just ordered his Les Halles cookbook. I must have a copy of kitchen confidential somewhere - I recall it as an eyeopener and enormous fun
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