It is difficult
to believe it's been 16 years since Anthony Bourdain published his
gritty, behind-the-scenes manifesto Kitchen Confidential. Since then, he
has become an Emmy-winning television star, starring first in
No Reservations, a show that transformed travel TV
programs, and more recently in Parts Unknown. Now 60 years
old, Bourdain has mellowed since he became an overnight sensation.
A lengthy article in Nuvo Magazine chronicles how
his life has changed in the past sixteen years.
For starters, Bourdain has become a family man, with wife
Ottavia and nine-year-old
daughter, Ariane. "When I get to be a stay-at-home dad for a week
here, a month there, I really take to it," he gushes. "It's an
exotic activity for me, so I enjoy it probably much more than is
This fall, Bourdain will release his first cookbook in
over a decade, called Appetites. While he has softened a bit
around the edges, the book still contains evidence of Bourdain's
raucous persona, from the ubiquitous use of the f-bomb to his
emphatically stated opinions on various topics like the third slice
of bread in a club sandwich or toasting only one side of the
English muffin for eggs Benedict. "These are terrible food crimes!"
Bourdain also has strong words about most cookbooks. "Everyone
lies in cookbooks," he complains. "That's why they're generally so
frustrating. Nobody ever tells you, for instance, that you're going
to screw up hollandaise. It's not gonna happen for you the first
time. It takes professionals many repeated times."
Anthony Bourdain will be embarking on a North America tour in
support of his new cookbook and we have the dates listed in our Cookbook Events