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A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

“But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

 

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
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To say that Anthony Bourdain was a remarkable man would be an injustice. He seemed to be from a different world altogether, a world where adventure reigned supreme, where finding the unknown was the norm; it was a world that shouldn’t have been the exception, but should have been where we all aspired to live. Today, on what would have been his 62nd birthday, we decided to share some of his thoughts on topics varying from food to travel, because Bourdain’s way of life has something for everyone–and we could all use a little help.

 

 Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.
― from “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly”
 

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
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"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."
― Anthony Bourdain

 

“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have.”
from “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly”

 

“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 McDonalds? 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.”
from “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly”
 

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
(Photo: Parts Unknown/Zero Point Zero Production Inc.)


“I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung river to the heart of darkness in Cambodia. I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots in a Mafiya nightclub in Russia. I wanted to play with automatic weapons in Phnom Penh, recapture the past in a small oyster village in France, step into a seedy neon-lit pulqueria in rural Mexico. I wanted to run roadblocks in the middle of the night, blowing past angry militia with a handful of hurled Marlboro packs, experience fear, excitement, wonder. I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books. I wanted to see the world – and I wanted the world to be just like the movies.”
from “A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines”
 

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
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“That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.”
from “Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook”

 

“But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.”
from “Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook”
 

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
(Photo: Parts Unknown/Zero Point Zero Production Inc.)


“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.”
― Anthony Bourdain
 

A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
(Photo: Parts Unknown/Zero Point Zero Production Inc.)


“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 have missed it for the world.”
― Anthony Bourdain

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