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Quote: The way you make an omelet reveals your character. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

The way you make an omelet reveals your character.


Quote: An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.


Quote: As a chef I'm not your dietitian or your ethicist, I'm in the pleasure business. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

As a chef I'm not your dietitian or your ethicist, I'm in the pleasure business.


Quote: Good food is very often, even most often, simple food. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.


Quote: That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.


Quote: There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind.


Quote: I urge you to travel -- as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I urge you to travel -- as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to.


Quote: Regret is something you've got to just live with, you can't drink it away. You can't run away from it. You can't trick yourself out of it. You've just got to own it. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Regret is something you've got to just live with, you can't drink it away. You can't run away from it. You can't trick yourself out of it. You've just got to own it.


Quote: Drink heavily with locals whenever possible. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.


Quote: Everything important I learned, I learned as a dishwasher. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Everything important I learned, I learned as a dishwasher.


Quote: Open your mind, get up off the couch, move. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.


Quote: 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 -- leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks -- on your body or on your heart -- are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of Anthony Bourdain quote: 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 -- leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks -- on your body or on your heart -- are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.- black text on quotes background

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 -- leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks -- on your body or on your heart -- are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.


Quote: The tone of the repartee was familiar, as was the subject matter, a strangely comfortable background music to most of my waking hours over the last two decades or so -- and I realised that, my God... I've been listening to the same conversation for twenty-five years! by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of Anthony Bourdain quote; white text on black background

The tone of the repartee was familiar, as was the subject matter, a strangely comfortable background music to most of my waking hours over the last two decades or so -- and I realised that, my God... I've been listening to the same conversation for twenty-five years!


Quote: The business, as respected three-star chef Scott Bryan explains it, attracts 'fringe elements', people for whom something in their lives has gone terribly wrong. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

The business, as respected three-star chef Scott Bryan explains it, attracts 'fringe elements', people for whom something in their lives has gone terribly wrong.


Quote: As a cook, your station, and its condition, its state of readiness, is an extension of your nervous system -- and it is profoundly upsetting if another cook or, God forbid, a waiter -- disturbs your precisely and carefully laid-out system. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

As a cook, your station, and its condition, its state of readiness, is an extension of your nervous system -- and it is profoundly upsetting if another cook or, God forbid, a waiter -- disturbs your precisely and carefully laid-out system.


Quote: This book is about street-level cooking and its practitioners. Line cooks are the heroes. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

This book is about street-level cooking and its practitioners. Line cooks are the heroes.


Quote: Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, as they say in the army -- and I always, always want to be ready. Just like Bigfoot. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, as they say in the army -- and I always, always want to be ready. Just like Bigfoot.


Quote: I'll be right here. Until they drag me off the line. I'm not going anywhere. I hope. It's been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn't miss it for the world. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'll be right here. Until they drag me off the line. I'm not going anywhere. I hope. It's been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn't miss it for the world.


Quote: I lurched away from the table after a few hours feeling like Elvis in Vegas -- fat, drugged, and completely out of it. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I lurched away from the table after a few hours feeling like Elvis in Vegas -- fat, drugged, and completely out of it.


Quote: I wanted to write in Kitchenese, the secret language of cooks, instantly recognizable to anyone who has ever dunked french fries for a summer job or suffered under the despotic rule of a tyrannical chef or boobish owner. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I wanted to write in Kitchenese, the secret language of cooks, instantly recognizable to anyone who has ever dunked french fries for a summer job or suffered under the despotic rule of a tyrannical chef or boobish owner.


Quote: If you have a good experience in a restaurant, you tell 2 people. If you have a bad experience, you tell 10 people. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

If you have a good experience in a restaurant, you tell 2 people. If you have a bad experience, you tell 10 people.




Quote: The journey is part of the experience -- an expression of the seriousness of one's intent. One doesn't take the A train to Mecca. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

The journey is part of the experience -- an expression of the seriousness of one's intent. One doesn't take the A train to Mecca.


Quote: 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. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody.

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of Anthony Bourdain quote: 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. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody.

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.- black text on quotes background

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. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody.

Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.


Quote: 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. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

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.




Quote: 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. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of Anthony Bourdain quote: 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. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.- black text on quotes background

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. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.


Quote: Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans ... are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans ... are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.


Quote: No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.






Quote: Don't be afraid to just sit and watch. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Don't be afraid to just sit and watch.


Quote: If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river.


Quote: Open your mind. Get up off the couch. Move. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Open your mind. Get up off the couch. Move.


Quote: Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.


Quote: You'd have a hard time finding anything better than Barcelona for food, as far as being a hub. Given a choice between Barcelona and San Sebastian to die in, I'd probably want to die in San Sebastian. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

You'd have a hard time finding anything better than Barcelona for food, as far as being a hub. Given a choice between Barcelona and San Sebastian to die in, I'd probably want to die in San Sebastian.


Quote: Jiro Ono serves Edo-style traditional sushi, the same 20 or 30 pieces he's been making his whole life, and he's still unsatisfied with the quality and every day wakes up and trains to make the best. And that is as close to a religious experience in food as one is likely to get. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of Anthony Bourdain quote; white text on black background

Jiro Ono serves Edo-style traditional sushi, the same 20 or 30 pieces he's been making his whole life, and he's still unsatisfied with the quality and every day wakes up and trains to make the best. And that is as close to a religious experience in food as one is likely to get.


Quote: I could do nothing but Brooklyn shows for the rest of my career, and I could die ignorant. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I could do nothing but Brooklyn shows for the rest of my career, and I could die ignorant.


Quote: One of the things is challenging yourself to do a Rome show when everybody's done a Rome show. To find some aspect of food culture or chef culture that people can look at in a new way. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

One of the things is challenging yourself to do a Rome show when everybody's done a Rome show. To find some aspect of food culture or chef culture that people can look at in a new way.


Quote: To be treated well in places where you don't expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, that can't be a bad thing. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

To be treated well in places where you don't expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, that can't be a bad thing.


Quote: Oh yes, there's lots of great food in America. But the fast food is about as destructive and evil as it gets. It celebrates a mentality of sloth, convenience, and a cheerful embrace of food we know is hurting us. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Oh yes, there's lots of great food in America. But the fast food is about as destructive and evil as it gets. It celebrates a mentality of sloth, convenience, and a cheerful embrace of food we know is hurting us.


Quote: I love the masochistic aspect of eating seething, real Sichuan food in Sichuan Province. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I love the masochistic aspect of eating seething, real Sichuan food in Sichuan Province.


Quote: I did go into the Amazonian region of Brazil. They have prehistoric river fish that weigh in at around 600 pounds, which you don't see anywhere else. And foods that cannot be exported or even found in other parts of Brazil. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I did go into the Amazonian region of Brazil. They have prehistoric river fish that weigh in at around 600 pounds, which you don't see anywhere else. And foods that cannot be exported or even found in other parts of Brazil.


Quote: I don't snack. I don't generally eat sweets or drink soda. I never eat between meals or even before big ones. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I don't snack. I don't generally eat sweets or drink soda. I never eat between meals or even before big ones.


Quote: I think fine dining is dying out everywhere... but I think there will be -- and there has to always be -- room for at least a small number of really fine, old-school fine-dining restaurants. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I think fine dining is dying out everywhere... but I think there will be -- and there has to always be -- room for at least a small number of really fine, old-school fine-dining restaurants.


Quote: I've seen zero evidence of any nation on Earth other than Mexico even remotely having the slightest clue what Mexican food is about or even come close to reproducing it. It is perhaps the most misunderstood country and cuisine on Earth. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I've seen zero evidence of any nation on Earth other than Mexico even remotely having the slightest clue what Mexican food is about or even come close to reproducing it. It is perhaps the most misunderstood country and cuisine on Earth.


Quote: I like the fact that Melbourne always seems to support their chefs and promote them in ways I find really admirable. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I like the fact that Melbourne always seems to support their chefs and promote them in ways I find really admirable.


Quote: The Kobe craze really annoyed me. Most of the practitioners had no real understanding of the product and were abusing it and exploiting it in terrible and ridiculous ways. Kobe beef should not be used in a hamburger. It's completely pointless. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

The Kobe craze really annoyed me. Most of the practitioners had no real understanding of the product and were abusing it and exploiting it in terrible and ridiculous ways. Kobe beef should not be used in a hamburger. It's completely pointless.


Quote: I'm a pretty decent writer. It comes easy to me. I don't agonize over sentences. I write like I talk. I try to make them good books. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm a pretty decent writer. It comes easy to me. I don't agonize over sentences. I write like I talk. I try to make them good books.




Quote: Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.


Quote: Going to Southeast Asia for the first time and tasting that spectrum of flavors -- that certainly changed my whole palate, the kind of foods I crave. A lot of the dishes I used to love became boring to me. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Going to Southeast Asia for the first time and tasting that spectrum of flavors -- that certainly changed my whole palate, the kind of foods I crave. A lot of the dishes I used to love became boring to me.


Quote: Doing graphic novels is cool! It's fun! You get to write something, and then see it visually page by page, panel by panel, working with the artist, you get to see it fleshed out. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Doing graphic novels is cool! It's fun! You get to write something, and then see it visually page by page, panel by panel, working with the artist, you get to see it fleshed out.




Quote: I'm a comic nerd. I'm a former serious collector for much of my childhood and early teen years I wanted to draw underground comics. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm a comic nerd. I'm a former serious collector for much of my childhood and early teen years I wanted to draw underground comics.


Quote: I'm evangelical on the subject of some chefs and writers. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm evangelical on the subject of some chefs and writers.


Quote: In college, I think I probably positioned myself as an aspiring writer, meaning I dressed sort of extravagantly and adopted all the semi-Byronic affectations, as if I were writing, although I wasn't actually doing any writing. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

In college, I think I probably positioned myself as an aspiring writer, meaning I dressed sort of extravagantly and adopted all the semi-Byronic affectations, as if I were writing, although I wasn't actually doing any writing.


Quote: I wish I could play bass like Larry Graham or Bootsy Collins. My God, I'd give up just about everything else for that. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I wish I could play bass like Larry Graham or Bootsy Collins. My God, I'd give up just about everything else for that.


Quote: An employer of mine back in the '80s was kind enough to take me on after a rough patch, and it made a big difference in my life that I knew I was the sort of person who showed up on time. It's a basic tell of character. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

An employer of mine back in the '80s was kind enough to take me on after a rough patch, and it made a big difference in my life that I knew I was the sort of person who showed up on time. It's a basic tell of character.


Quote: One of life's terrible truths is that women like guys who seem to know what they're doing. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

One of life's terrible truths is that women like guys who seem to know what they're doing.




Quote: I'm never a reliable narrator, unbiased or objective. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm never a reliable narrator, unbiased or objective.


Quote: I'm not Ted Nugent. My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature. I would never hunt. I would never wear fur. I would never go to a bullfight. I'm not really a meat and potatoes guy. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm not Ted Nugent. My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature. I would never hunt. I would never wear fur. I would never go to a bullfight. I'm not really a meat and potatoes guy.


Quote: Tokyo would probably be the foreign city if I had to eat one city's food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Tokyo would probably be the foreign city if I had to eat one city's food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way.


Quote: I try to very hard to avoid a situation where I would be eating cat or dog; I've managed to gracefully avoid that. It's hypocritical of me and an arbitrary line, but one that I have managed to avoid crossing. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I try to very hard to avoid a situation where I would be eating cat or dog; I've managed to gracefully avoid that. It's hypocritical of me and an arbitrary line, but one that I have managed to avoid crossing.


Quote: I often look ridiculous in Japan. There's really no way to eat in Japan, particularly kaiseki in a traditional ryokan, without offending the Japanese horribly. Every gesture, every movement is just so atrociously wrong, and the more I try, the more hilarious it is. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of Anthony Bourdain quote; white text on black background

I often look ridiculous in Japan. There's really no way to eat in Japan, particularly kaiseki in a traditional ryokan, without offending the Japanese horribly. Every gesture, every movement is just so atrociously wrong, and the more I try, the more hilarious it is.


Quote: The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen.


Quote: People are generally proud of their food. A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice... they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

People are generally proud of their food. A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice... they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get.


Quote: I make friends faster and easier than journalists. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I make friends faster and easier than journalists.


Quote: I'm sure that at no point in my life could I ever have shown the kind of focus and discipline and commitment necessary to work a station at elBulli or Le Bernardin. No. That ain't me. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm sure that at no point in my life could I ever have shown the kind of focus and discipline and commitment necessary to work a station at elBulli or Le Bernardin. No. That ain't me.


Quote: I wasn't that great a chef, and I don't think I'm that great a writer. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I wasn't that great a chef, and I don't think I'm that great a writer.


Quote: When I was writing 'Kitchen Confidential,' I was in my 40s, I had never paid rent on time, I was 10 years behind on my taxes, I had never owned my own furniture or a car. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

When I was writing 'Kitchen Confidential,' I was in my 40s, I had never paid rent on time, I was 10 years behind on my taxes, I had never owned my own furniture or a car.


Quote: I feel that if Jacques Pepin shows you how to make an omelet, the matter is pretty much settled. That's God talking. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I feel that if Jacques Pepin shows you how to make an omelet, the matter is pretty much settled. That's God talking.


Quote: Chefs are fond of hyperbole, so they can certainly talk that way. But on the whole, I think they probably have a more open mind than most people. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Chefs are fond of hyperbole, so they can certainly talk that way. But on the whole, I think they probably have a more open mind than most people.


Quote: I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.


Quote: My brain and body and nervous system, they see a plane ride, a long plane trip, as an opportunity to sleep with nothing coming in, nothing to do. I just go offline the minute I'm on the plane. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

My brain and body and nervous system, they see a plane ride, a long plane trip, as an opportunity to sleep with nothing coming in, nothing to do. I just go offline the minute I'm on the plane.


Quote: I'm really good at sleeping on planes. I mean, I smell jet fuel and I'm out; I'm asleep for takeoff. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm really good at sleeping on planes. I mean, I smell jet fuel and I'm out; I'm asleep for takeoff.


Quote: I'm not besotted with the notion of being on CNN to the point that I'm going to suddenly morph into Anderson Cooper or Christiane Amanpour. I'm not a foreign correspondent. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm not besotted with the notion of being on CNN to the point that I'm going to suddenly morph into Anderson Cooper or Christiane Amanpour. I'm not a foreign correspondent.


Quote: You know, from age 17 on, my paycheck was coming from cooking and working in kitchens. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

You know, from age 17 on, my paycheck was coming from cooking and working in kitchens.


Quote: My mom had Julia Child and 'The Fannie Farmer Cookbook' on top of the refrigerator, and she had a small repertoire of French dishes. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

My mom had Julia Child and 'The Fannie Farmer Cookbook' on top of the refrigerator, and she had a small repertoire of French dishes.


Quote: It would be an egregious mistake to ever refer to me in the same breath as most of the people I write about. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

It would be an egregious mistake to ever refer to me in the same breath as most of the people I write about.


Quote: I was a journeyman chef of middling abilities. Whatever authority I have as a commenter on this world comes from the sheer weight of 28 years in the business. I kicked around for 28 years and came out the other end alive and able to form a sentence. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I was a journeyman chef of middling abilities. Whatever authority I have as a commenter on this world comes from the sheer weight of 28 years in the business. I kicked around for 28 years and came out the other end alive and able to form a sentence.


Quote: I'm a decent cook; I'm a decent chef. None of my friends would ever have hired me at any point in my career. Period. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm a decent cook; I'm a decent chef. None of my friends would ever have hired me at any point in my career. Period.


Quote: If somebody crafts an interesting tweet that'll lead me to their blog, I'm going to their blog. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

If somebody crafts an interesting tweet that'll lead me to their blog, I'm going to their blog.


Quote: I'm a Twitter addict. Jose Andres is a serial tweeter. It's funny to see which chefs have embraced it, and the different paths they take. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm a Twitter addict. Jose Andres is a serial tweeter. It's funny to see which chefs have embraced it, and the different paths they take.


Quote: I'm always secretly the most pleased when a show just really, really looks good and when my camera guys are really happy with the images they got. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm always secretly the most pleased when a show just really, really looks good and when my camera guys are really happy with the images they got.


Quote: I like telling stories, and I tell stories that interest me. It would be boring to have to go to nothing but the best restaurants. That would be a misery to me. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I like telling stories, and I tell stories that interest me. It would be boring to have to go to nothing but the best restaurants. That would be a misery to me.


Quote: I could do one show after another in China for the rest of my life and still die ignorant. There's a lot of places left to go. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I could do one show after another in China for the rest of my life and still die ignorant. There's a lot of places left to go.


Quote: I'm not looking to freak people out -- eating rodents or bugs. I don't do that anymore. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm not looking to freak people out -- eating rodents or bugs. I don't do that anymore.


Quote: I, personally, think there is a really danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I, personally, think there is a really danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.


Quote: I've been really fortunate in that I guess I was hired to do 'A Cook's Tour;' I was already a known quantity, meaning I had written a really obnoxious book and nobody expected me to be anyone that I wasn't already. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I've been really fortunate in that I guess I was hired to do 'A Cook's Tour;' I was already a known quantity, meaning I had written a really obnoxious book and nobody expected me to be anyone that I wasn't already.


Quote: The Congo was the most difficult shoot of my life but was also maybe the greatest adventure of my life. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

The Congo was the most difficult shoot of my life but was also maybe the greatest adventure of my life.


Quote: I don't like to see animals in pain. That was very uncomfortable to me. I don't like factory farming. I'm not an advocate for the meat industry. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I don't like to see animals in pain. That was very uncomfortable to me. I don't like factory farming. I'm not an advocate for the meat industry.


Quote: At the end of the day, the TV show is the best job in the world. I get to go anywhere I want, eat and drink whatever I want. As long as I just babble at the camera, other people will pay for it. It's a gift. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

At the end of the day, the TV show is the best job in the world. I get to go anywhere I want, eat and drink whatever I want. As long as I just babble at the camera, other people will pay for it. It's a gift.


Quote: My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.


Quote: Is there a sharper commentary on American culture and the world than The Simpsons? by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Is there a sharper commentary on American culture and the world than The Simpsons?


Quote: I'm not afraid to look like an idiot. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm not afraid to look like an idiot.


Quote: I'm not afraid to look like a big, hairy, smelly, foreign devil in Tokyo, though I do my best not to, I really do. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm not afraid to look like a big, hairy, smelly, foreign devil in Tokyo, though I do my best not to, I really do.


Quote: Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one's life. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one's life.


Quote: I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from. I would like to see small farmers empowered. I feed my daughter almost exclusively organic food. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from. I would like to see small farmers empowered. I feed my daughter almost exclusively organic food.


Quote: When I'm back in New York -- and this is a terrible thing to complain about -- I eat a lot more really, really good food than perhaps I'd like to. So many of my friends are really good chefs. It's kind of like being in the Mafia. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

When I'm back in New York -- and this is a terrible thing to complain about -- I eat a lot more really, really good food than perhaps I'd like to. So many of my friends are really good chefs. It's kind of like being in the Mafia.


Quote: I'm very type-A, and many things in my life are about control and domination, but eating should be a submissive experience, where you let down your guard and enjoy the ride. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm very type-A, and many things in my life are about control and domination, but eating should be a submissive experience, where you let down your guard and enjoy the ride.


Quote: If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it's the restaurant business. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it's the restaurant business.


Quote: I'm married to an Italian woman, and I used to love cooking Italian at home, because it's one-pot cooking. But my wife does not approve of my Italian cooking. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm married to an Italian woman, and I used to love cooking Italian at home, because it's one-pot cooking. But my wife does not approve of my Italian cooking.


Quote: 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. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

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.


Quote: As I see it, fast food outfits have targeted small children with their advertising in a very effective way. You know, it's clowns and kid's toys and bright colors and things like that. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

As I see it, fast food outfits have targeted small children with their advertising in a very effective way. You know, it's clowns and kid's toys and bright colors and things like that.


Quote: Get up early and go to the local produce markets. In Latin America and Asia, those are usually great places to find delicious food stalls serving cheap, authentic and fresh specialties. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Get up early and go to the local produce markets. In Latin America and Asia, those are usually great places to find delicious food stalls serving cheap, authentic and fresh specialties.


Quote: If I'm in Rome for only 48 hours, I would consider it a sin against God to not eat cacio e pepe, the most uniquely Roman of pastas, in some crummy little joint where Romans eat. I'd much rather do that than go to the Vatican. That's Rome to me. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

If I'm in Rome for only 48 hours, I would consider it a sin against God to not eat cacio e pepe, the most uniquely Roman of pastas, in some crummy little joint where Romans eat. I'd much rather do that than go to the Vatican. That's Rome to me.


Quote: Big stuff and little: learning how to order breakfast in a country where I don't speak the language and haven't been before -- that's really satisfying to me. I like that. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Big stuff and little: learning how to order breakfast in a country where I don't speak the language and haven't been before -- that's really satisfying to me. I like that.


Quote: There are people with otherwise chaotic and disorganized lives, a certain type of person that's always found a home in the restaurant business in much the same way that a lot of people find a home in the military. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

There are people with otherwise chaotic and disorganized lives, a certain type of person that's always found a home in the restaurant business in much the same way that a lot of people find a home in the military.


Quote: It just seems there's better things to do in your life than be on television if it's not interesting, if it's not challenging, if it's not fun. You know? When it stops being those things for me, I'll stop making television. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

It just seems there's better things to do in your life than be on television if it's not interesting, if it's not challenging, if it's not fun. You know? When it stops being those things for me, I'll stop making television.


Quote: 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. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

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.


Quote: Sometimes the greatest meals on vacations are the ones you find when Plan A falls through. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Sometimes the greatest meals on vacations are the ones you find when Plan A falls through.


Quote: If you've ever hauled a 28-pound two-year-old around New York, you'll find that men fold at the knees a lot quicker than women. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

If you've ever hauled a 28-pound two-year-old around New York, you'll find that men fold at the knees a lot quicker than women.


Quote: Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.


Quote: I don't have much patience for people who are self-conscious about the act of eating, and it irritates me when someone denies themselves the pleasure of a bloody hunk of steak or a pungent French cheese because of some outdated nonsense about what's appropriate or attractive. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of Anthony Bourdain quote; white text on black background

I don't have much patience for people who are self-conscious about the act of eating, and it irritates me when someone denies themselves the pleasure of a bloody hunk of steak or a pungent French cheese because of some outdated nonsense about what's appropriate or attractive.


Quote: You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.


Quote: Every chef I know, their cholesterol is through the roof. And mine's not so great. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Every chef I know, their cholesterol is through the roof. And mine's not so great.


Quote: I hated the Naked Chef. Fine, yes, he did good things for school food or whatever, but, you know, I don't want my chefs to be cute and adorable. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I hated the Naked Chef. Fine, yes, he did good things for school food or whatever, but, you know, I don't want my chefs to be cute and adorable.


Quote: I'm definitely looking forward to the day when I stop working -- if I ever stop working. I like the idea of keeling over in my tomato vines in Sardinia or northern Italy. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm definitely looking forward to the day when I stop working -- if I ever stop working. I like the idea of keeling over in my tomato vines in Sardinia or northern Italy.


Quote: Anyone who doesn't have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Anyone who doesn't have a great time in San Francisco is pretty much dead to me.


Quote: If you get an opportunity to work with David Simon, anybody with good taste would. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

If you get an opportunity to work with David Simon, anybody with good taste would.


Quote: I'm not searching for hard news; I'm not a journalist, but I'm interested in pushing to boundaries of where we can do the kind of stories that we want to do. I mean, it's a big world and CNN has made it a lot bigger and they haven't flinched. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I'm not searching for hard news; I'm not a journalist, but I'm interested in pushing to boundaries of where we can do the kind of stories that we want to do. I mean, it's a big world and CNN has made it a lot bigger and they haven't flinched.


Quote: The fact that over 50 per cent of the residents of Toronto are not from Canada, that is always a good thing, creatively, and for food especially. That is easily a city's biggest strength, and it is Toronto's unique strength. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

The fact that over 50 per cent of the residents of Toronto are not from Canada, that is always a good thing, creatively, and for food especially. That is easily a city's biggest strength, and it is Toronto's unique strength.


Quote: In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful.


Quote: I do my very best to avoid shark fin. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

I do my very best to avoid shark fin.


Quote: For a dinner date, I eat light all day to save room, then I go all in: I choose this meal and this order, and I choose you, the person across from me, to share it with. There's a beautiful intimacy in a meal like that. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

For a dinner date, I eat light all day to save room, then I go all in: I choose this meal and this order, and I choose you, the person across from me, to share it with. There's a beautiful intimacy in a meal like that.


Quote: You have an impeccable argument if you said that Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are food capitals. They have a maximum amount of great stuff to eat in the smallest areas. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

You have an impeccable argument if you said that Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are food capitals. They have a maximum amount of great stuff to eat in the smallest areas.




Quote: What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast? by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?




Quote: Understand, when you eat meat, that something did die. You have an obligation to value it -- not just the sirloin but also all those wonderful tough little bits. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Understand, when you eat meat, that something did die. You have an obligation to value it -- not just the sirloin but also all those wonderful tough little bits.


Quote: Anyone who's a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: 'Is it good? Does it give pleasure?' by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Anyone who's a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: 'Is it good? Does it give pleasure?'


Quote: You can call me the bad boy chef all you want. I'm not going to freak out about it. I'm not that bad. I'm certainly not a boy, and it's been a while since I've been a chef. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

You can call me the bad boy chef all you want. I'm not going to freak out about it. I'm not that bad. I'm certainly not a boy, and it's been a while since I've been a chef.


Quote: 'Kitchen Confidential' wasn't a cautionary or an expose. I wrote it as an entertainment for New York tri-state area line cooks and restaurant lifers, basically; I had no expectation that it would move as far west as Philadelphia. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

'Kitchen Confidential' wasn't a cautionary or an expose. I wrote it as an entertainment for New York tri-state area line cooks and restaurant lifers, basically; I had no expectation that it would move as far west as Philadelphia.


Quote: Hong Kong is a wonderful, mixed-up town where you've got great food and adventure. First and foremost, it's a great place to experience China in a relatively accessible way. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Hong Kong is a wonderful, mixed-up town where you've got great food and adventure. First and foremost, it's a great place to experience China in a relatively accessible way.


Quote: Don't dunk your nigiri in the soy sauce. Don't mix your wasabi in the soy sauce. If the rice is good, complement your sushi chef on the rice. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Don't dunk your nigiri in the soy sauce. Don't mix your wasabi in the soy sauce. If the rice is good, complement your sushi chef on the rice.


Quote: Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start.


Quote: Luck is not a business model. by author Anthony Bourdain overlaid on photo of photo of author Anthony Bourdain with quote

Luck is not a business model.


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