Watching the brilliant No Reservations got me through exam season this year. Kitchen Confidential is one of my favourite books of all time.
Anthony Bourdain had an incredible gift for telling great stories – and we always need storytellers. He was funny, insightful and I loved his style of food and travel journalism. The way he spoke about cities and life made me think differently. He’s a big part of why I’m spending a solid few months of this summer travelling – and I have to say, his honest, brutal style made me want to write.
Anyone familiar with his work will know that, in his youth, he was drawn to drugs and alcohol. To be honest, I naively thought that was completely behind him – reserved to a past life. Just something to joke about and bring up in anecdotes.
I was talking about him to my girlfriend the other day, saying I admired how he’d managed to drag himself out of that life and into success, without sacrificing the enjoyment of good food and drink in moderation.
We just don’t know the struggles people face. Apparently he killed himself. What a terrible loss. We’ve gotta try to be kind to each other – always. Lend an ear. Ask how someone is, and actually listen to their answer.
Some of my favourite quotes – and how I’ll remember him.
What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?
I, personally, think there is a real danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.
I’m never a reliable narrator, unbiased or objective.