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Anthony Bourdain Remembered

Anthony Bourdain was important to a lot of people. There is no denying that his books and TV shows have influenced people to view life and the world in a different way. Each one of his works set out to paint an honest picture of the world, the people who live there, and the food they consume. As famous as he with talking about issues people faced in their particular country, he also listened to what others had to say.  When he died, it shook the world that he traveled. Anthony Bourdain Remembered was released by CNN as a way to honor his life and pay tribute to a special human being. It features pictures of his travels, as well as small paragraphs written by former colleagues, friends, and the people he met during his adventures.

Because I am not famous enough to be featured in this book, I figured this review could be my way of saying thanks. In high school I did not really know what I wanted to do with life. But when I started watching his shows, I felt an immediate connection. An episode of No Reservations left you feeling like you were along for the trip. For many of us, there is no chance of going where he went. I think he recognized that and made sought out to create a well-rounded an hour at at time.  He taught me to not fall for tourist traps and figure out where the locals go. Because of Anthony Bourdain, I also started eating differently- even made an effort to expand my palate.

I thought this book would be a quick read, but I soon realized that you should take your time with it. Each person who contributed expressed deep gratitude for him and his work. You can find contributions made by Darren Aronofsky, Jacques Pepin, Iggy Pop, Barack Obama, and many more. The photographs show a moment in time of a man who just wanted to move from place to place and experience the world as others do. Most of the pictures show him beside food of some sort. He understood the significance of food and those you eat it with. By eating  a country’s native dishes you get a sense of the history and culture behind it. Anthony Bourdain said “Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food.”

If you are interested in reading some of Anthony Bourdain’s other books, the library has several of them in print and ebook format including Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw, A Cook’s Tour, and The Nasty Bits. In the near future I will purchase one of his No Reservations DVD collections and donate it to the library. The mark he left on the world should never be forgotten. With Anthony Bourdain Remembered, CNN did an incredible job at providing a snapshot of his life and making sure that his legacy will be remembered.

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