Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018
Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just ...will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis.
Chef, author and media personality Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. He credits an early family vacation in France for his love for food and curiosity about local culinary traditions. While attending Vassar College, he worked in restaurants and decided to pursue a career in cooking. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978.
He documented his experiences in his memoirs Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. In Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain discussed drug use among restaurant employees. His own heroin use began when he was 17 and continued until the 1980s. "I just like heroin, it feels really good," he told The Telegraph in 2001. "But I can't do it anymore."
He also wrote cookbooks, novels, graphic novels and a book about kitchen worker Mary Mallon, who became known to the world as Typhoid Mary. In 2011, Bourdain moved into the world of publishing with his own imprint at Ecco Press. His goal was to publish 3-5 books a year.
Bourdain never seemed to stop working, writing and moving, until June 8, 2018 when he stopped everything.
Anthony Bourdain died in Kayersberg-Vignoble, France on June 8, 2018. Initial reports indicate that he died by suicide. He was 61. Barack Obama paid tribute on Twitter saying "[Tony] 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."
Some of his books available at the library:
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