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Bourdain Day

Three years ago, Tony’s best friends Jose Andres and Eric Ripert declared his birthday, June 25, to be Bourdain Day. His spirit of understanding others and putting ourselves in each other’s shoes is one we could all use more of right now.

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. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.

Anthony Bourdain

I’ve been a Bourdainite for a decade plus and many long time customers will know how I wax eloquent about his books and his writing. I’ll probably republish this post every year, a collection of my favorite “Tony Books” as my sister and I call them, from cookbooks to graphic novels. The full list is on our website, just click the Anthony Bourdain Day button below.

Upcoming Bourdain Biographies

Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever

Available Fall 2021 – Pre-Order Today!

An unprecedented behind-the-scenes view into the life of Anthony Bourdain from the people who knew him best 

When Anthony Bourdain died in June 2018, fans around the globe came together to celebrate the life of an inimitable man who had dedicated his life to traveling nearly everywhere (and eating nearly everything), shedding light on the lives and stories of others. His impact was outsized and his legacy has only grown since his death.

Now, for the first time, we have been granted a look into Bourdain’s life through the stories and recollections of his closest friends and colleagues. Laurie Woolever, Bourdain’s longtime assistant and confidante, interviewed nearly a hundred of the people who shared Tony’s orbit—from members of his kitchen crews to his writing, publishing, and television partners, to his daughter and his closest friends—in order to piece together a remarkably full, vivid, and nuanced vision of Tony’s life and work. 

From his childhood and teenage days, to his early years in New York, through the genesis of his game-changing memoir Kitchen Confidential to his emergence as a writing and television personality, and in the words of friends and colleagues including Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Nigella Lawson, and W. Kamau Bell, as well as family members including his brother and his late mother, we see the many sides of Tony—his motivations, his ambivalence, his vulnerability, his blind spots, and his brilliance.

Unparalleled in scope and deeply intimate in its execution, with a treasure trove of photos from Tony’s life, Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography is a testament to the life of a remarkable man in the words of the people who shared his world.

In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain by Tom Vitale

Available Fall 2021 – Pre-Order Today!

Anthony Bourdain’s long time director and producer takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the insanity of filming television in some of the most volatile places in the world and what it was like to work with a legend.

In the nearly two years since Anthony Bourdain’s death, no one else has come close to filling the void he left. His passion for and genuine curiosity about the people and cultures he visited made the world feel smaller and more connected. Despite his affable, confident, and trademark snarky TV persona, the real Tony was intensely private, deeply conflicted about his fame, and an enigma even to those close to him. Tony’s devoted crew knew him best, and no one else had a front-row seat for as long as his director and producer, Tom Vitale.

Over the course of more than a decade traveling together, Tony became a boss, a friend, a hero and, sometimes, a tormentor.

In the Weeds takes readers behind the scenes to reveal not just the insanity that went into filming in some of the most far-flung and volatile parts of the world, but what Tony was like unedited and off-camera. From the outside, the job looked like an all-expenses-paid adventure to places like Borneo, Vietnam, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Libya. What happened off-camera was far more interesting than what made it to air. The more things went wrong, the better it was for the show. Fortunately, everything fell apart constantly.

World Travel by Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever

This is about 50/50 Tony vs Laurie. Laurie, his assistant for many years before his death, began working on this book with him after they finished Appetites (his last cookbook) and as his schedule allowed, they worked on bringing it together. She finished in the past two years, and it’s a beautiful collection, part essays, part travel guide, fully Tony, and I cannot wait for all of you to read it in the fall.

A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond.

In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Christopher; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.

For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

My tradition used to be to read a Bourdain every summer. It’s been [two] year[s] since he left us and I’m out of books so I figured it’s time to share my favorite of them all with you, our wonderful customers. While Kitchen Confidential made him famous, it was written before he was the Tony we all came to love and appreciate. Medium Raw was written in the midst of his television/travel fame and explores not only the food world, but the whole world. I can still hear his voice in my head every time I read, and re-read his words. This book is an absolute must-have for every Bourdain enthusiast.

The instant New York Times bestseller and follow-up to Anthony Bourdain’s blockbuster classic on the cooking life, Kitchen Confidential

Medium Raw marks the return of the inimitable Anthony Bourdain, author of the blockbuster bestseller Kitchen Confidential and three-time Emmy Award-nominated host of No Reservations on TV’s Travel Channel. Bourdain calls his book, “A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook,” and he is at his entertaining best as he takes aim at some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, Alice Waters, the Top Chef winners and losers, and many more. If Hunter S. Thompson had written a book about the restaurant business, it could have been Medium Raw.

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

A week after Tony died, I set off on a trip to visit my sister who was living in London at the time. A Cook’s Tour was the first book I put in my bag for the trip and I read it on the plane, standing in line for immigration at Heathrow, riding on the train, in the few spare moments I had. It’s his first actual travel memoir (the Japan chapter in Kitchen Confidential is his first travel experience) and is the book he wanted to write along with his first television show of the same name.

From the star of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain’s New York Times-bestselling chronicle of travelling the world in search the globe’s greatest cuilnary adventures

The only thing “gonzo gastronome” and internationally bestselling author Anthony Bourdain loves as much as cooking is traveling. Inspired by the question, “What would be the perfect meal?,” Tony sets out on a quest for his culinary holy grail, and in the process turns the notion of “perfection” inside out. From California to Cambodia, A Cooks’ Tour chronicles the unpredictable adventures of America’s boldest and bravest chef.

Fans of Bourdain will find much to love in revisting this classic culinary and travel memoir.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential was the last of Tony’s books that I read. Surprising to most people it is NOT his first book, but the book that made him famous when he went the 1999 version of “viral” for an essay he wrote about the culinary underbelly of the Northeast. But the way he always described it, I was afraid it was going to be a hypermasculine manifesto, and that just didn’t appeal to me. But I was wrong. How could I doubt him? I listened to it, and as with his other audiobooks, he reads it himself. I laughed, I cried, I lectured all the men who questioned why I liked it on their toxic masculinity, it’s wonderful. Tony was an ally to so many marginalized and unseen people, and this it the book where he first started to see the world as others did.

An updated and revised edition of Anthony Bourdain’s mega-bestselling Kitchen Confidential, with new material from the original edition

Almost two decades ago, the New Yorker published a now infamous article, “Don’t Eat before You Read This,” by then little-known chef Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain spared no one’s appetite as he revealed what happens behind the kitchen door. The article was a sensation, and the book it spawned, the now classic Kitchen Confidential, became an even bigger sensation, a megabestseller with over one million copies in print. Frankly confessional, addictively acerbic, and utterly unsparing, Bourdain pulls no punches in this memoir of his years in the restaurant business.

Fans will love to return to this deliciously funny, delectably shocking banquet of wild-but-true tales of life in the culinary trade from Chef Anthony Bourdain, laying out his more than a quarter-century of drugs, sex, and haute cuisine—this time with never-before-published material.

Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain

While I know one of these summers I’m going to run out of Tony Bourdain books, this summer I’m excited to share his FIRST book, written four years before Kitchen Confidential! You can’t help but hear his voice in your head while reading and Bone in the Throat is full of his characteristic wit and dark humor. A well-plotted murder mystery, it’s been great fun to go back and read his earliest works.

The acclaimed first novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential and host of Parts Unknown on CNN. A wildly funny, irreverent tale of murder, mayhem, and the mob.

When up-and-coming chef Tommy Pagana settles for a less than glamorous stint at his uncle’s restaurant in Manhattan’s Little Italy, he unwittingly finds himself a partner in big-time crime. And when the mob decides to use the kitchen for a murder, nothing Tommy learned in cooking school has prepared him for what happens next.

With the FBI on one side, and his eccentric wise-guy superiors on the other, Tommy has to struggle to do right by his conscience, and to avoid getting killed in the meantime.

In the vein of Prizzi’s Honor, Bone in the Throat is a thrilling Mafia caper laced with entertaining characters and wry humor. This first novel is a must-have for fans of Anthony Bourdain’s nonfiction.

Appetites by Anthony Bourdain

When Appetites first came out in 2016, I was far more exciting in the fact that I scored a signed copy than actually cooking anything out of it. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to respect the dedication and effort it took for Tony to go from restaurant chef to dad chef. Full of Tony’s irreverent humor, and some suggestive photographs (what else would you expect?), it’s otherwise a surprisingly family friendly collection of recipes and a great addition to any home chef (or wannabe chef’s) cookbook collection.

Written with the no-holds-barred ethos of his beloved series, No Reservations and Parts Unknown, the celebrity chef and culinary explorer’s first cookbook in more than ten years—a collection of recipes for the home cook.

Anthony Bourdain is a man of many appetites. And for many years, first as a chef, later as a world-traveling chronicler of food and culture on his CNN series Parts Unknown, he has made a profession of understanding the appetites of others. These days, however, if he’s cooking, it’s for family and friends.

Appetites, his first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down forty-plus years of professional cooking and globe-trotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites—dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) know how to cook. Once the supposed “bad boy” of cooking, Mr. Bourdain has, in recent years, become the father of a little girl—a role he has embraced with enthusiasm. After years of traveling more than 200 days a year, he now enjoys entertaining at home. Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen, however, have caused him, in his words, to have “morphed into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten.”

The result is a home-cooking, home-entertaining cookbook like no other, with personal favorites from his own kitchen and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency.

No Reservations by Anthony Bourdain

When Tony died, I found out while on NJ Transit on my way to NYC, his home (at least for a few weeks of the year). My husband and I were both in utter disbelief. I had to be a mistake, they had to be wrong. The world NEEDED him, he couldn’t go. But as the days and weeks progressed, I found myself trying to live by his example, of listening more than talking, and found myself turning back through the pages of the book from the show that made him a near household name, and marveling over how much he accomplished for the world in such a short time.

More than just a companion to the hugely popular Travel Channel show, No Reservations is Bourdain’s fully illustrated journal of his far-flung travels. The book traces his trips from New Zealand to New Jersey and everywhere in between, mixing beautiful, never-before-seen photos and mementos with Bourdain’s outrageous commentary on what really happens when you give a bad-boy chef an open ticket to the world. Want to know where to get good fatty crab in Rangoon? How to order your reindeer medium rare? How to tell a Frenchman that his baguette is invading your personal space?

This is your book. For any Bourdain fan, this is an indispensable opportunity to hit the road with the man himself.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered by CNN

CNN did a great job pulling together this coffee table book, the first one that I put out and still frequently have on my own coffee table (when it’s not on the shelf dedicated to him and his other books). The recollections shared are not just from famous people (Barack Obama included), but average everyday people like me (though I’m not in it) who were touched by his work and his dream to make the world a better place.

A moving and insightful collection of quotes, memories, and images celebrating the life of Anthony Bourdain

When Anthony Bourdain died in June 2018, the outpouring of love from his fans around the world was momentous. The tributes spoke to his legacy: That the world is much smaller than we imagine and people are more alike than they are different. As Bourdain once said, “If I’m an advocate of anything, it’s to move…Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food.”

Anthony Bourdain Remembered brings together memories and anecdotes from fans reminiscing about Bourdain’s unique achievements and his enduring effect on their lives as well as comments from chefs, journalists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers inspired by Bourdain including Barack Obama, Eric Ripert, Jill Filipovic, Ken Burns, Questlove, and José Andrés, among many others.

These remembrances give us a glimpse of Bourdain’s widespread impact through his political and social commitments; his dedication to travel and eating well (and widely); and his love of the written word, along with his deep compassion, open-mindedness, and interest in lives different from his own.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered captures Bourdain’s inimitable spirit and passion in the words of his devoted fans as well as some of his closest friends and colleagues.

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