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Anthony Bourdain, the passing of a mastermind chef

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Yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m a crank. But the word “royals” just …will never go down easy. Only person I ever felt comfortable referring to as “Prince” came from Minneapolis.
Anthony Bourdain

Chef, author and media personality Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. He credits an early family vacation in France for his love for food and curiosity about local culinary traditions. While attending Vassar College (nearby from my previous employer, LaGrange Library, NY), he worked in restaurants and decided to pursue a career in cooking. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 (another Poughkeepsie, NY educational facility).

He documented his experiences in his memoirs Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.

The sometimes abrasive, always interesting Bourdain became a success on television as well with A Cook’s TourNo Reservations, The Layover and Parts Unknown.

Bourdain never seemed to stop working, writing and moving, until June 8, 2018 when he stopped everything.

Anthony Bourdain died in Kayersberg-Vignoble, France on June 8, 2018. Initial reports indicate that he died by suicide. He was 61. Barack Obama paid tribute on Twitter saying

“[Tony] taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.”

Some of his books available within the Nioga Library System:


Appetites by Anthony BourdainAnthony bourdain's les halles


Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking




Bobby goldBone in the throatThe Bobby Gold Stories

Bone in the Throat





Graphic Novels:

Get jiro      Get Jiro







A Cook's Tour In Search of the Perfect MealKitchen confidentialMedium raw

A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

If you are in crisis, please remember that there is help available:

The  Suicide Prevention Lifeline service is available 24 hours a day by phone or chat:

Call 1-800-273-8255

Online chat


Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to my community. I love books, reading with my son, properly placed apostrophes, canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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