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It would be an egregious mistake to ever refer to me in the same breath as most of the people I write about.
Anthony Bourdain

My mom had Julia Child and ‘The Fannie Farmer Cookbook’ on top of the refrigerator, and she had a small repertoire of French dishes.
Anthony Bourdain

You know, from age 17 on, my paycheck was coming from cooking and working in kitchens.
Anthony Bourdain

If you get an opportunity to work with David Simon, anybody with good taste would.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m not besotted with the notion of being on CNN to the point that I’m going to suddenly morph into Anderson Cooper or Christiane Amanpour. I’m not a foreign correspondent.
Anthony Bourdain
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I’m really good at sleeping on planes. I mean, I smell jet fuel and I’m out; I’m asleep for takeoff.
Anthony Bourdain

My brain and body and nervous system, they see a plane ride, a long plane trip, as an opportunity to sleep with nothing coming in, nothing to do. I just go offline the minute I’m on the plane.
Anthony Bourdain

I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.
Anthony Bourdain

Chefs are fond of hyperbole, so they can certainly talk that way. But on the whole, I think they probably have a more open mind than most people.
Anthony Bourdain

I feel that if Jacques Pepin shows you how to make an omelet, the matter is pretty much settled. That’s God talking.
Anthony Bourdain

When I was writing ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ I was in my 40s, I had never paid rent on time, I was 10 years behind on my taxes, I had never owned my own furniture or a car.
Anthony Bourdain

I wasn’t that great a chef, and I don’t think I’m that great a writer.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m sure that at no point in my life could I ever have shown the kind of focus and discipline and commitment necessary to work a station at elBulli or Le Bernardin. No. That ain’t me.
Anthony Bourdain

I make friends faster and easier than journalists.
Anthony Bourdain

People are generally proud of their food. A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice… they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get.
Anthony Bourdain

The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen.
Anthony Bourdain

I often look ridiculous in Japan. There’s really no way to eat in Japan, particularly kaiseki in a traditional ryokan, without offending the Japanese horribly. Every gesture, every movement is just so atrociously wrong, and the more I try, the more hilarious it is.
Anthony Bourdain

I try to very hard to avoid a situation where I would be eating cat or dog; I’ve managed to gracefully avoid that. It’s hypocritical of me and an arbitrary line, but one that I have managed to avoid crossing.
Anthony Bourdain

Tokyo would probably be the foreign city if I had to eat one city’s food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m not Ted Nugent. My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature. I would never hunt. I would never wear fur. I would never go to a bullfight. I’m not really a meat and potatoes guy.
Anthony Bourdain

I’m never a reliable narrator, unbiased or objective.
Anthony Bourdain

When I’m doing a book tour in the States, I’ll wake up in the room sometimes in an anonymous chain hotel, and I don’t know where I am right away. I’ll go to the window, and it doesn’t help there either, especially if you’re in an anonymous strip and it’s the usual Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Chili’s, Applebee’s.
Anthony Bourdain

One of life’s terrible truths is that women like guys who seem to know what they’re doing.
Anthony Bourdain

An employer of mine back in the ’80s was kind enough to take me on after a rough patch, and it made a big difference in my life that I knew I was the sort of person who showed up on time. It’s a basic tell of character.
Anthony Bourdain

I wish I could play bass like Larry Graham or Bootsy Collins. My God, I’d give up just about everything else for that.
Anthony Bourdain

In college, I think I probably positioned myself as an aspiring writer, meaning I dressed sort of extravagantly and adopted all the semi-Byronic affectations, as if I were writing, although I wasn’t actually doing any writing.
Anthony Bourdain

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