Remembering Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain wanted us to look at the world with the same wonder he did.
Whether he was shining a light on somewhere new or making us look at the familiar through a different lens, his stories turned us into curious eaters and curious people. Whether he was eating at a fine diner or on the street, he implored us to eat, explore and think courageously. To use food as a way to better understand others and ourselves. At a time when the world feels so divided, his lessons feel more important than ever.
In honour of Bourdain Day, we’ve asked friends of The Local Tongue to share memories of the great man and stories about the influence he’s had on their lives. We might not have had the chance to say goodbye to Bourdain properly, but we can take comfort in the knowledge that his legacy lives on in the cooks, writers and intrepid travellers that he inspired. He was a man of the kitchen. He was a man of the world. He was a man with a singular voice and grasp of language. So much so that it seems fitting that the words we finish with are the same ones he used to end his breakthrough book, Kitchen Confidential.
“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.”