Wild man, notorious globetrotter, celebrity chef, author and acclaimed TV host, Anthony Bourdain was a spirited force, not to be reckoned with. Sadly, he passed away in 2018, yet his profound and passionate travel stories will live on – with the release of the “new” Bourdain book which hits bookstores this Spring. (April 20th, 2021)
World Travel: An Irreverent Guide
After training at The Culinary Institute of America, Bourdain skyrocketed to global fame in 2000 with his behind-the-scenes exposé of high-pressure restaurant culture, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.
He later became a television host, travelling the world to make several award-winning documentary series about food and travel, including A Cook’s Tour and No Reservations.
He died alone in a hotel room while on tour in France in June 2018 while filming an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
But, well before then Bourdain had began crafting the manuscript for “World Travel” with Laurie Woolever, his long-time friend and assistant. Laurie eventually signed on as co-author.
After Bourdain’s untimely death, Woolever took on the deeply daunting task of carefully stitching together Bourdain’s distinctive words, perceptions, and unique wit to masterfully create this editorial work of genius. Woolever, included recollections of her own on-the-road experiences with him as but also included very special contributions by Bourdain’s own family members, close friends, and colleagues.
The book lends as a guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places.
Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond.
In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words.
Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.
Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Christopher; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more.
Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.
For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world just like our dear friend – Anthony Bourdain.
“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.”
― Anthony Bourdain