Anthony Bourdain’s passion for food and travel inspired us to taste and see the world. The iconic chef, author and TV host was found dead of an apparent suicide in Strasbourg, France, where heād been filming segments for his CNN show āParts Unknown.’ USA TODAY
OutspokenĀ host ofĀ Parts UnknownĀ Anthony Bourdain has died, his employer announced Friday.Ā Bourdain was known for his love of travel, foodĀ ā and his colorful commentary.Ā
“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller,” his employer CNN said in a statement.Ā “His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.”
Bourdain described himself as merely an “enthusiast” on social media, but fans know he was so much more. He was a favorite TV personalityĀ and a commentator on the world. He also became a vocal advocate for the Me Too movementĀ last fall after his girlfriendĀ Asia Argento accusedĀ Harvey Weinstein of rape.
Here are some memorable quotes fromĀ Bourdain on life, travel and food:
“I donāt really care about what people say about me when Iām gone, I guess Jerry Stahl would make an entertaining ā if not necessarily flattering ā story of the gruesome details,”Ā Bourdain said in 2017 New York Times interview.Ā
“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life ā and travel ā leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks ā on your body or on your heart ā are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt,” he said onĀ Parts Unknown,Ā reported by Thrillist.
On retirement: āI gave up on that. Iāve tried. I just think Iām just too nervous, neurotic, driven,ā he told People earlier this year. ā Iām quite sure I canāt. Iām going to pretty much die in the saddle.ā
“Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.”Ā āMedium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
āDo we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonald’s? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.āĀ āKitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
On his favorite food:Ā āAnytime Iām eating spicy noodles in a bowl, Iām happy,ā he told Bon AppĆ©tit Magazine in an interview published last year.Ā
āI was an angry kid,ā he told NPR last year. āI was a happy dishwasher. I jokingly say that I learned every important lesson, all the most important lessons of my life as a dishwasher.ā
“I do not have a particularly prestigious or notable career,” he said in the same interview.Ā “And for much of the time as a chef, I was unemployable by respectable businesses.”Ā
āDo I wish sometimes that, in an alternative universe, I could be the patriarch, always there? Tons of kids? Grandkids running around? Yes,” he told the New Yorker last year. “And it looks good to me. But Iām pretty sure Iām incapable of it.ā
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Comments on the #MeToo movement:
“I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women,” he wrote in an article published on Medium last year.Ā “Not out of virtue, or integrity, or high moral outrage ā as much as Iād like to say so ā but because late in life, I met one extraordinary woman with a particularly awful story to tell, who introduced me to other extraordinary women with equally awful stories.”
On girlfriend Argento: “I’m inspired and honored and grateful to know somebody so courageous, and to stand up to these… what seemed like the most-powerful man in the universe, and in an environment where usually people who do that are crushed, and were crushed for decades,” he told the USA TODAY Network in an April interview.
āI look back, like hopefully a lot of men in that industry and think ā not necessarily āwhat did I do or not do?ā ā but āwhat did I see and what did I let slide? What did I not notice,”Ā he toldĀ The Daily Showās Trevor Noah in January.
āIām pretty much Ming the Merciless on this issue right now,” he said in the same interview.Ā Iām not in a forgiving state of mind. I mean, that (expletive)Ā aināt OK.ā
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