10 Books Written by Beloved Chef, Self-Proclaimed Foodie, and ‘Parts Unknown’ Host, Anthony Bourdain

© Photo by Heathcliff O’Malley/REX/Shutterstock Anthony Bourdain on the set of Channel 4’s ‘Taste’ TV show, Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, Britain – 25 Oct 2013

* Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain passed away on June 8th

* The foodie-turned-TV star was known for his unique worldview and sense of adventure

* Remember the life of one of the world’s greatest culinary personalities with these books

To think of Anthony Bourdain is to think of an individual who broke the rules. Someone who was not afraid to experiment and experience. Someone who opened the doors to different cuisines while opening our minds to different cultures. More than a chef or a travel host, Bourdain was, above it all, a storyteller. Celebrate the legacy of this beloved human by reading some of his best work.

1. Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Poignant, upbeat and incredibly funny, Bourdain’s iconic book offers an inside look at what goes on behind the plates. Sprinkled with his own unique experiences and insights, Kitchen Confidential is the result of some 30 years of Bourdain’s rock and roll lifestyle.

2. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.)

As a great follow-up to Kitchen Confidential and an instant New York Times bestseller, this book is a must for Bourdain fans. Described as “a bloody Valentine to the world of food and the people who cook”, this book offers a no-holds-barred look into the food industry, and, inevitably, the people who make it great.

3. Appetites: A Cookbook

As his first cookbook in more than 10 years, Appetites is less an introspective novel than it is a collection of everyday recipes. In fact, Bourdain’s inspiration for the book is said to be about finding recipes that everyone–regardless of their culinary skill or background–should be able to cook. The result is a great collection of family-friendly recipes that anyone can (and should) try.

4. Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook

Before he wrote his breakout novel Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain was toiling away at an upscale French restaurant in New York. His Les Halles Cookbook brings those dishes to live in the most vibrant, audacious and upbeat way that only Bourdain can seem to manage. It’s a great book to have for fans of Bourdain or for foodies in general.

5. A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

Aiming to answer the age-old question “What would be the perfect meal?” Bourdain’s novel takes the reader across foreign lands as the No Reservations host looks to try (and record) some the world’s best and most bizarre meals. From California to Cambodia, this book examines the world through the lens of food.

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