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“Anthony Bourdain Remembered” to Be published May 28.

Coming May 28th is a new book entitled Anthony Bourdain Remembered, which honors the late celebrity chef who brought so much so us besides food.


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This tribute book will be dedicated to American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian Anthony Bourdain who sadly died on June 8th, 2018 at the age of sixty-one. A humanitarian at heart, Bourdain is remembered in the hearts of his friends, family, and those he has helped. His wise words, “If I’m an advocate of anything, it’s to move…Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food,” conjure the image of a modern day Atticus Finch.

In October of that year, Mr. Bourdain’s last book, Hungry Ghosts, a graphic anthology and collaboration and short horror fiction and drawings by various different artists, complete with Mr. Bourdain’s savory recipes, was published by Berger Books.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered is to be published by HarperCollins imprint Ecco, the Los Angeles Times informs us.


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People’s Magazine states that, “Daniel Halpern, president and publisher of Ecco, tells PEOPLE that CNN originally created the book as a “keepsake” for his daughter Ariana, aged eleven, and his estate later agreed to share the book publicly.”

The publisher’s web page for the book has, among other things, these heart-wrenching words:


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 Tony including Barack Obama, Eric Ripert, Jill Filipovic, Ken Burns, Questlove, and José Andrés, among many others.


The books is available on pre-sale now. May 28th, the book’s release date, is only a week before the one year anniversary of Anthony Bourdain’s sudden death.



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Anthony Bourdain Biography To be Published Next Year

Anthony Bourdain’s legacy in the food and travel world continues with news of a new biography about his life on the way. The book will be published by Ecco in the fall of 2019 with Bourdain’s long-time assistant, Laurie Woolever, editing the book. 



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Bourdain: The Oral Biography will be a “portrait of the writer, veteran chef and television travel, built from the stories shared by those who knew him best.” 


Woolever, on editing the book said, “I’m honored to now be working with his estate…in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe.” 


The book isn’t available for pre-order yet, but is set to be published in fall of 2019. 


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5 Books To Read In Remembrance of Anthony Bourdain

I was quite saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Anthony Bourdain at the end of last week. I first encountered him through reruns of No Reservations on Travel Channel and have many fond memories of binge watching the show as well as binge watching Parts Unknown on CNN. It was only later that I came to know about his various literary pursuits, and my admiration for him grew even more. In honor of him, here are five books either written or published by Anthony Bourdain. All will satisfy more than a three-star Michelin restaurant.


1. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain



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Well known as being the book that launched Bourdain into stardom, this memoir is a brutally honest look at what goes on behind kitchen doors. It is filled with humor, unpredictability, and lots of copious descriptions of delectable foods.


2. A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain


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This book marries two of Bourdain’s greatest passions, arguably the two he is best known for: food and travel.  The book chronicles Bourdain’s adventures as he goes on a quest around the world to find the perfect meal.


3. Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain



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While he is best known as an author for his food writing, Bourdain also wrote several mystery novels. This one was his first novel and follows an up-and-coming chef named Tommy Pagana who unwittingly becomes the accomplice to the mafia.


4. Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews by Marilyn Hagerty


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In addition to being an author, Bourdain also had an imprint through HarperCollins that published bestselling books of various genres, though many are food-related. Grand Forks is one of them and is a compilation of reviews that also documents the changes in American dining over the final decades of the twentieth century.


5. We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres


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Due to be released this September by Bourdain’s imprint, this book details how the author, with the help of fellow chefs, helped feed people in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria and offers suggestions for how to handle similar crises in the future. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Chef Relief Network of World Central Kitchen to aid Puerto Rico and beyond.



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11 Celebrity Chefs’ Review Books

Okay, we don’t know their favorite books… But if we had to guess, these are probably pretty close to what literature they would read and how they reviewed them.


We took some creative liberties in imaging just how some of our favorite celebrity chefs would review books that fit their personalities. Check out some of our favorites below:


1. Gordon Ramsay – ‘The Big Black Book of Very Dirty Words’ by Alexis Munier


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Bookstr Imagined Review: “You wouldn’t believe how quickly you can run out of insults during your time as a chef. This helps me keep my vocabulary colorful and insults biting.”


2. Bobby Flay – ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J. R. R. Tolkien


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Bookstr Imagined Review: “An awesome and classic hero trope. A man who was chosen as number one from the beginning. No one can defeat Frodo.”


3. Guy Fieri – ‘Denny’s Menu’ by Denny’s.


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Bookstr Imagined Review: “I always keep a copy of this bad boy by my side. Never know when you’re going to need to go on a last minute trip to FlavorTown.”


4. Paula Deen – ‘Butter: A Rich History’ by Elaine Khosrova


Paula Deen reading at a desk.


Bookstr Imagined Review: ‘I just love the magic of butter!’


5. Alton Brown – ‘The Big Book of Pain: Torture & Punishment Through History’ by Mark P. Donnelly


Alton Brown sitting in front of a chalkboard.


Bookstr Imagined Review: ‘It can be tricky to come up with new challenges when filming shows. This books always sparks some creative ideas.’


6. Anthony Bourdain – ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ by Hunter S. Thompson


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Bookstr Imagined Review: ‘Whenever I’m unsure of what direction I should take my life in, I always look at my ‘What Would Hunter S. Thompson Do’ bracelet.’


7. Rachel Ray – ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert


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Bookstr Imagined Review: ‘No book has changed and colored my life like this novel about this book. Just reading it makes me feel more Italian.’


8. Martha Stewart – ‘If I Did It’ by O.J. Simpson


Martha Stewart with papers.


Bookstr Imagined Review: “It just reminds me that even though I was convicted, I had the good sense not to publish it.”


9. Mario Batali – ‘Footwear Design’ by Aki Choklat


Mario Batali reading.


Bookstr Imagined Review:  “My kicks are always on fleek, and I have this to thank for it.”


10. Ina Garten – ‘Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear’ by Katy Bowman


Ina Garten with her book.


Bookstr Imagined Review: “And my kicks are never on!”


11. Julia Child – ‘Voynich manuscript’


Julia Child with a book.


Bookstr Imagined Review: “This is quite the page turner. I have never read something I have related to so closely!”


So, no, we can’t be sure these are their favorite books… Or even books they have read, but these guesses can’t be too far off! What’s your favorite celebrity on the list?


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Anthony Bourdain Set to Release Spine-Chilling Food Comic

On January 31, 2018, the first issue of a new comic series titled “Hungry Ghosts” from Anthony Bourdain will be launched.


Co-written by Joel Rose, “Hungry Ghosts” is set to be a limited four issue series under the new line of comics called Berger Books. Though the series seems brief, each issue will feature a number of separate stories. It’s a unique structure, but, as Vulture explains, Bourdain has his reasons:

The series will be a riff on the Japanese Edo-period game 100 Candles, in which samurai would try to one-up each other with stories to freak each other out. Here, the tellers won’t be samurai; they’ll be chefs from around the world, and their stories will be united by their focus on food.

Switching samurais with chefs might give us some clue as to the tone Bourdain is trying to strike. Hopefully we can expect some of his signature dry humor and wry observations.


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Bourdain may be best known for his TV shows, but he’s no stranger to the book world. His bestselling “Kitchen Confidential” came out in 2000 and helped launch Bourdain’s television career. His first foray into the world of comics was 2012’s “Get Jiro!”


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