Anthony Bourdain 1

Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m married to an Italian woman, and I used to love cooking Italian at home, because it’s one-pot cooking. But my wife does not approve of my Italian cooking.
Anthony Bourdain

If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it’s the restaurant business.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m very type-A, and many things in my life are about control and domination, but eating should be a submissive experience, where you let down your guard and enjoy the ride.
Anthony Bourdain

Understand, when you eat meat, that something did die. You have an obligation to value it – not just the sirloin but also all those wonderful tough little bits.
Anthony Bourdain

When I’m back in New York – and this is a terrible thing to complain about – I eat a lot more really, really good food than perhaps I’d like to. So many of my friends are really good chefs. It’s kind of like being in the Mafia.
Anthony Bourdain

I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from. I would like to see small farmers empowered. I feed my daughter almost exclusively organic food.
Anthony Bourdain

You have an impeccable argument if you said that Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are food capitals. They have a maximum amount of great stuff to eat in the smallest areas.
Anthony Bourdain

Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m not afraid to look like a big, hairy, smelly, foreign devil in Tokyo, though I do my best not to, I really do.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.
Anthony Bourdain

Is there a sharper commentary on American culture and the world than The Simpsons?
Anthony Bourdain

My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.
Anthony Bourdain

At the end of the day, the TV show is the best job in the world. I get to go anywhere I want, eat and drink whatever I want. As long as I just babble at the camera, other people will pay for it. It’s a gift.
Anthony Bourdain

I don’t like to see animals in pain. That was very uncomfortable to me. I don’t like factory farming. I’m not an advocate for the meat industry.
Anthony Bourdain

The Congo was the most difficult shoot of my life but was also maybe the greatest adventure of my life.
Anthony Bourdain

I’ve been really fortunate in that I guess I was hired to do ‘A Cook’s Tour;’ I was already a known quantity, meaning I had written a really obnoxious book and nobody expected me to be anyone that I wasn’t already.
Anthony Bourdain

I, personally, think there is a really danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m not looking to freak people out – eating rodents or bugs. I don’t do that anymore.
Anthony Bourdain

I could do one show after another in China for the rest of my life and still die ignorant. There’s a lot of places left to go.
Anthony Bourdain

I like telling stories, and I tell stories that interest me. It would be boring to have to go to nothing but the best restaurants. That would be a misery to me.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m always secretly the most pleased when a show just really, really looks good and when my camera guys are really happy with the images they got.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m a Twitter addict. Jose Andres is a serial tweeter. It’s funny to see which chefs have embraced it, and the different paths they take.
Anthony Bourdain

If somebody crafts an interesting tweet that’ll lead me to their blog, I’m going to their blog.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m a decent cook; I’m a decent chef. None of my friends would ever have hired me at any point in my career. Period.
Anthony Bourdain

I was a journeyman chef of middling abilities. Whatever authority I have as a commenter on this world comes from the sheer weight of 28 years in the business. I kicked around for 28 years and came out the other end alive and able to form a sentence.
Anthony Bourdain

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