Happy Birthday to Anthony Bourdain!
Anthony Michael Bourdain (born June 25, 1956) is an American chef, author, and television personality.
He is known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and in 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel’s culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. In 2013, he joined CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Bourdain is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens.
Though Bourdain is no longer formally employed as a chef, he maintains a relationship with Brasserie Les Halles in New York, where he was executive chef for many years.
He is described by Les Halles as their “chef-at-large”.
Bourdain gained immediate popularity from his 2000 New York Times bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, an outgrowth of his article in The New Yorker called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.”
The book is a witty and rambunctious exposé of the hidden and darker side of the culinary world, and is a memoir of Bourdain’s professional life as well.
Bourdain subsequently wrote two more New York Times bestselling nonfiction books: A Cook’s Tour (2001), an account of his food and travel exploits across the world, written in conjunction with his first television series of the same title, and The Nasty Bits (2006), another collection of essays mainly centered on food.
Bourdain’s additional books include Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook, the culinary mysteries Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, a hypothetical historical investigation Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical, and No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach.
His latest book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, the sequel to Kitchen Confidential, was published in 2010.
Bourdain’s articles and essays have appeared many places, including in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times, Los Angeles Times, The Observer, Gourmet, Maxim, Esquire (UK), Scotland on Sunday, The Face, Food Arts, Limb by Limb, BlackBook, The Independent, Best Life, the Financial Times, and Town & Country.
On the Internet, Bourdain’s blog for Season 3 of Top Chef was nominated for a Webby Award for best Blog – Cultural/Personal in 2008. In 2012, Bourdain co-wrote the original graphic novel Get Jiro! for DC Comics/Vertigo along with Joel Rose, with art by Langdon Foss.
Anthony Bourdain Celebrates His 58th Birthday!