Anthony Bourdain, chef, author and TV personality, died at the age of 61 on 8 June, 2018. He was working on his show „Parts unknown“ with CNN in Straßbourg, France. He was found dead in his hotel room.
Bourdain has visited various countries, explored multitudes of cultures and foodand made us dicovered these with his TV Show.
Anthony Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He wrote several books which went on to become bestsellers: In the year 2000, he published Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. In 2010, he published Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. He recounted his food and travel experience in A Cook’s Tour which was published in 2001. His collection of essays centered on food and culture entitle The Nasty Bits was published in 2006.
Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.
Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride
Life is complicated. It’s filled with nuance. It’s unsatisfying. … If I believe in anything, it is doubt. The root cause of all life’s problems is looking for a simple fucking answer.
Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.
In these current circumstances, one must pick a side. I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women. Not out of virtue, or integrity, or high moral outrage — as much as I’d like to say so — but because late in life, I met one extraordinary woman with a particularly awful story to tell, who introduced me to other extraordinary women with equally awful stories.
Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia — the fruits of his genius for statesmanship — and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the dock at The Hague next to Milošević.
I was enormously grateful for the response from Palestinians, in particular, for doing what seemed to me an ordinary thing, something we do all the time: show regular people doing everyday things. … The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity. People are not statistics. That is all we attempted to show.
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.
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.
Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonald’s? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.
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.
Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.
Barack Obama’s Tribute
Bourdain took many issues and social causes at heart. He was a fervent supporter of the MeToo movement; his shows taught us how to become more open and respectful towards unknown cultures and people as Barack Obama witnessed:
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
Bourdain on Henry Kissinger
and as a lover of Asia, he once criticized Henry Kissinger in the following words:
Frequently, I’ve come to regret things I’ve said. This, from 2001, is not one of those times: pic.twitter.com/1NiHlupJkL
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) February 5, 2018
Anderson Cooper Tribute
The most common sentiment: “I feel like I’ve lost a friend.”