"The word authentic has become a completely ridiculous, snobbish term. On the other hand, I’m pretty sure that every time Guy Fieri puts barbecue pork inside a nori roll, an angel dies." There are so many first- and second-generation immigrants making wonderful mashups of food they grew up eating.
"But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money."
Enjoy the ride." "Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park.
"That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund."
― from "Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook"
― from "No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach"
― from "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly"
Until they drag me off the line. It's been an adventure. I'm not going anywhere. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world.” “I'll be right here. Things got broken. We took some casualties over the years. Things got lost. I hope.
"[When I die], I will decidedly not be regretting missed opportunities for a good time. My regrets will be more along the lines of a sad list of people hurt, people let down, assets wasted and advantages squandered."
Below is a small collection of Bourdain's thoughts on journeying, living, and dying. Outside of traveling around the world for his CNN show "Parts Unknown," Bourdain was a prolific writer who frequently imparted his wisdom gathered from thousands of hours spent in kitchens across the planet.
Let it all roll off your back. Ignore it. About everybody. "Assume the worst. But don't let this poisoned outlook affect your job performance. Be amused by what you see and suspect. Just because someone you work with is a miserable, treacherous, self-serving, capricious and corrupt asshole shouldn't prevent you from enjoying their company, working with them or finding them entertaining."
― from "Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook"
Learn from them — wherever you go." "If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook.
Renown travel writer, television host, and chef Anthony Bourdain has died.
― from "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly"
― from "Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook"
"Travel isn’t always pretty. The journey changes you; it should change you. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. You take something with you. It isn’t always comfortable. Hopefully, you leave something good behind." It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body.
Character you either have or you don't have." "Skills can be taught.
― from "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly"
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― from an interview with Time magazine.
― from "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly"