7 Quotes from 'Anthony Bourdain Remembered' That Highlight His Lasting Legacy
It was just under a year ago when Anthony Bourdain died, and for thousands of people, the world shifted.
In response to Bourdain’s death in June 2018, CNN, which aired Parts Unknown, created a platform on their website for fans to celebrate his life.
“We built out a social media destination for fans to share their memories, but what followed was an outpouring of love that was almost overwhelming,” CNN Worldwide's Amy Entelis wrote in the foreword of the new book, “Anthony Bourdain Remembered.” “There were waves of emotion. Thousands of notes, comments, and messages of support. It was beyond what we anticipated.”
The book, which will be released on May 28, is a collection of these notes and messages. Together with photos, memories, and anecdotes from some of his closest friends, “Anthony Bourdain Remembered” is a beautiful tribute to the impact Bourdain had on those who knew him best, those who met him in passing, and those who found a kindred spirit in his writing and television shows.
Featuring quotes from Eric Ripert, Jose Andres, Barack Obama, Jamie Oliver, Ken Burns, and many more, readers will how Bourdain’s passions for food, travel, and people live on.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite quotes from the book that will inspire you to travel more, travel better, and break bread with those you meet along the way.
“The thing about Tony was that he wasn’t the kind of traveler who centered things around what he knew. He didn’t say, ‘Let me show you what’s really happening here.’ He said, ‘Watch me go through this experience and maybe we’ll both learn something together…’” — W. Kamau Bell, comedian
“Mr. Bourdain made you want to spend weeks in places you never would have thought to visit, and devour plates of food you may never have before dared to try...” — Lucas Peterson, The New York Times
“Jerusalem gets its fair share of visitors. They listen to the same stories, get the same narrative. For Tony, this was never enough. When the show came out, covering Israel, and the West Bank, and Gaza, you could immediately tell that this was no ordinary visitor. He visits Gaza, meets Jewish settlers in the West Bank, turns over every stone, and ends up telling a complex and very human story. — Yotam Ottolenghi, chef and author
“He was the friend on the road trip who jumps into the dark, dank pond first, and then ropes you in: ‘This is terrible! Get over here!’...” — Jada Yuan, The New York Times
“Bourdain found beauty in places the rest of the world saw as the most screwed up.” — Brian Donohue, writer
“I now see that Tony’s wanderlust had more to do with people than with food. The legacy of Tony’s many travels will be the hundreds of hours of film showing that all human beings share common dreams and aspirations.” — Yeganeh Salehi, writer
“It’s a testament to the last two decades of Bourdain’s work that so many people in the days after his death credited him for showing them the world through their screens.” — Eric Atienza, writer
For Bourdain's fans and colleagues, the collection is a reminder of the man who inspired them: at work, in their travels, and in the way they approach the world and the people in it.
“Anthony Bourdain Remembered” will be released on May 28, 2019. You can pre-order a copy now.
Note: Quotes have been edited for length.