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Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
New Jersey lawmaker proposes an "Anthony Bourdain Food Trail"
New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarity wants to create a 10-restaurant trail to honor Bourdain, who grew up in Leonia, New Jersey. The trail would connect 10 New Jersey restaurants that Bourdain visited on a 2015 episode of Parts Unknown.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Michelle Wolf did a candid The Break segment on mental health in response to the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade
Wolf specifically highlighted our culture's obsession with happiness on the newest edition of her Netflix show. “If you want proof of how ingrained the idea of pretending to be happy is in our society, even our poo emoji is smiling,” she said.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain conspiracy theories surface on YouTube
Buzzfeed News reports that conspiracy theories about Bourdain's death were among the top search results on YouTube -- until it was brought to the company's attention on Friday. "The videos push some version of the same theory: Bourdain was an outspoken supporter of Asia Argento, the actress whom he had been dating and one of the women who publicly accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault," reports Buzzfeed's Davey Alba. "Since Hillary Clinton had received campaign donations from Weinstein (who was a generous supporter of the Democratic Party), the conspiracy theorists said the Clintons and Weinstein could have orchestrated Bourdain's death. The conspiracy is then tied tenuously to a sex trafficking sting that was apparently conducted in the Atlanta area, where CNN, the cable channel that hosts Bourdain's Parts Unknown TV program, is headquartered."
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Ugly Delicious host David Chang pays tribute to "Uncle Tony" Bourdain, details his struggle with depression
“I miss him so much,” the celebrity chef said of Bourdain on the new episode of his podcast, adding: "What you see on TV or read about in his books, that’s actually Tony. He’s been Uncle Tony to many of us in this business. The cool uncle, the sage, the oracle, the person who will dole out advice. In many ways, he’s been my mentor and my north star, because he trail-blazed a path that would not be available to me otherwise.” Chang also revealed he has been seeing a psychiatrist on a near-daily basis for the past 15 years, due mainly to the “PTSD” of working in the restaurant industry early in his career and the “trauma” of cooking.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain's remains have been cremated in France
People magazine reports that the remains of the late Parts Unknown host will be flown back to the United States on Friday. Meanwhile, CNN said it will air the final two episodes of this season's Parts Unknown as scheduled on the next two Sundays. ALSO: Michael K. Williams recalled his No Reservations experience with Bourdain on The Late Show.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Newsweek defends flooding Google with Anthony Bourdain clickbait articles immediately following news of his death
“Readers consume Newsweek’s stories in different ways,” said Newsweek's global editor-in-chief Nancy Cooper in response to criticism over Newsweek's Bourdain clickbait stories. “When a big story breaks, some readers want an in-depth, reflective piece of the kind we run in Newsweek magazine. Others prefer smaller pieces that answer specific questions about the events or people involved. That’s how our newsroom handled the death of Anthony Bourdain: quick takes on key aspects of the story, which in turn feed a classic tribute to Bourdain in the magazine. We did the same with the death of Kate Spade, the Royal Wedding and Trump-Kim summit, which was the subject of a Newsweek cover story a few weeks ago. The goal of our coverage is to serve all of Newsweek’s readers in the ways that they choose to engage with a story.” ALSO: Bourdain fans made a memorial outside his restaurant.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
Netflix extends its deal to carry Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown episodes in wake of Bourdain's death
"Some fans have noticed that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was scheduled to come off Netflix US on June 16," Netflix tweeted. "As of today, we’ve extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Padma Lakshmi: Anthony Bourdain helped me get over my feelings of "imposter syndrome" when Top Chef started
"When the show started in 2006, I was surrounded by top-tier professional chefs," Lakshmi writes. "I had already published a book about food, had another coming out and had done a cooking show and a couple Planet Food documentaries for Food Network, but I still felt people thought I was just a model and what did I know about food? I hadn’t been to culinary school. I have never worked the line in a kitchen. Through our friendship, Tony taught me to feel pride in my own view of the world. We both relished travel and were transformed by it. He cared about me and my history and how that related to food. He was interested in everyone’s opinion. He taught me that no person’s opinion about food was too small to matter."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain overhauled TV's "Celebrity-Chef Industrial Complex" led by Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse
"When Anthony Bourdain rose to fame in the early aughts, the celebrity-chef-industrial-complex was reaching its most bloated moment," says Sara Dickerman. "Food Network stars like Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, and Emeril Lagasse were seemingly everywhere at once, using their very familiar faces to launch countless restaurants, with which they had varying degrees of actual connection. Bourdain was different. Sure, he had been a chef, but a chef-for-hire, and not always a successful one." With A Cook's Tour, followed by No Reservations and Parts Unknown, Bourdain was able to change the relationship viewers had with TV chefs. "By valuing street food, improvised meals, and home cooking on the same plane as extraordinary restaurant meals, he helped viewers recognize that great dining didn’t need status signifiers," says Dickerman. "Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri would soon build their own brands on showing audiences how to enjoy lower-brow meals, too, but Bourdain always seemed to absorb more of the world around him: the lives and personalities of the people making the food, the clash of cultural histories. Even the sounds: he chose microphones that picked up more street noise than typical mics would. Bourdain understood that a huge part of what was interesting in the dining world was not going on in fine restaurants."
- Bourdain's No Reservations executive producer: "He didn’t suffer fools. He didn’t hold back barbs"
- "Bourdain was the best white man": He never treated non-western food as if he "discovered" it
- How Bourdain helped humanize the Muslim community
- Danny Trejo recalls filming Parts Unknown with Bourdain in L.A.: "When he walked in, it was like getting visited by the Pope"
- Andrew Zimmern recalls how Bourdain changed his approach to TV after calling it the "most vile mistress" 13 years ago
- Bourdain hadn't finalized his divorce from wife Ottavia Busia when he died
- Travel Channel will continue airing No Reservations episodes through July 3
# TOPICS: Anthony Bourdain, CNN, Food Network, A Cook's Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern, Danny Trejo, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Rose McGowan: Anthony Bourdain sought help before his suicide
“I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice. And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt,” McGowan wrote in a letter urging people not to blame Bourdain's girlfriend Asia Argento for his death. “Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame,” she added. “Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now (Argento has) been left on the battlefield to take the bullets. It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony. We are asking you to be better, to look deeper, to read and learn about mental illness, suicide and depression before you make it worse for survivors by judging that which we do not understand, that which can never fully be understood.” ALSO: Bourdain's mother recalls last speaking to him on Mother's Day.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Ink Master's Dave Navarro recalls contemplating suicide before seeking help
In response to Anthony Bourdain's death, the Ink Master host detailed his experience with suicidal thoughts in an Instagram post. “I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience. I have been there, written ‘the note,’ had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family,” he wrote. “I was ready to go.”
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Could CNN keep Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown going with a new host?
An unnamed CNN insider tells The Wrap that that there's a possibility Bourdain's show may not end with his death. “They need to helm it with somebody else,” the CNN insider tells The Wrap. “There’s a lot of opportunity there not to give up on that mission of bringing American audiences people and food and customs with which they’re not familiar with and that mission is important. People need this show.” Parts Unknown usually airs 16 episodes a year, or two seasons a year each comprising of eight episodes.
- A prosecutor in France said there was no sign of foul play
- Patton Oswalt shared Bourdain's brutally honest email from January about eating in Paris for his honeymoon
- Here are the restaurants around the world that Bourdain turned into destinations for foodies
- Owner of Hanoi noodle place where Parts Unknown filmed with President Obama reacts to Bourdain's death
- Obama's tweet honoring Bourdain surpasses 1 million "likes"
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain's wokeness was a secret ingredient baked into every Parts Unknown episode
Bourdain could be "casually radical" explaining to viewers why, for instance, the Black Panther Party's controversial demands weren't all that controversial, says Sarah J. Jackson. In Bourdain's death, says Jackson, we "lost a man who brilliantly and bravely wove political education into food culture in a way that provided the kind of historical context and compassion for the oppressed that Americans need now more than ever. In an era in which 'woke' has morphed, for some, into a derisive term for those who are too earnest about injustice, Mr. Bourdain delivered this kind of insight effortlessly and without repentance. It was a secret ingredient baked into his every episode, and served to viewers whether they’d ordered it or not."
- Bourdain's mother, longtime New York Times editor Gladys Bourdain, told The Times: “He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this"
- Bourdain treasured cultural differences -- in contrast to Roseanne's joke that black and Asian families are "just like us": "No matter where Anthony Bourdain went, he never wanted the takeaway to be, 'Cambodians are just like us' or 'Lebanese are just like us,'" says Daniel Fienberg. "He treasured cultural difference and viewed it all as worthy of recognition and understanding. He wasn't about homogenization; he was about not being isolated in the world, not being lonely."
- "Anthony Bourdain was who I wish I was"
- "Anthony Bourdain was the best friend I never had"
- Anderson Cooper says "he loved and was loved in return" on CNN's Remembering Anthony Bourdain special
- Bourdain's CNN colleagues were in "complete shock" over his death
- Bourdain understood his privilege and used it as a cudgel to force Americans to think about our role in the world
- Photographer recalls "raw" and "filterless" Hollywood Reporter photoshoot that Bourdain used for his Twitter avatar
- Jimmy Kimmel tweeted of Bourdain: "This is a man I admired greatly"
- Suits' Patrick J. Adams responded to Bourdain's death by admitting: "I’ve wrestled with the darkness for years. And it wants us to be alone. That’s how it wins"
- Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential book showed that it's never too late for a second act in life
- A Chinese restaurant owner featured on No Reservations recalled how Bourdain changed his family's life
- Here are five episodes that capture Bourdain's blazing spirit
- The best Bourdain episodes were when everything went terribly wrong, like in Romania
- Here's a roundup of Bourdain's most poignant quotes
- The replies to Bourdain's last tweet are devastating
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain offered a refreshing alternative to the way TV showed Americans abroad
"This may sound like a grandiose claim for a guy best known for stuffing his face and making wisecracks, but Bourdain presented a model of how Americans could act in the world: open-minded, always curious, and unafraid to sometimes look ridiculous," says Joshua Keating, in tribute to the late Parts Unknown star, who died today from an apparent suicide. "His persona was a refreshing alternative to the familiar archetypes of Americans abroad—flak-jacketed war correspondent, selfless aid worker, pampered tourist, blissed-out enlightenment-seeking backpacker. Bourdain showed how you could be radically open to new experiences while still being basically yourself. While profoundly aware, particularly on his CNN show, of past U.S. misdeeds and how his country is perceived in the world, he was undeniably American too. Bourdain could serve up food porn with the best of them, but also deserves credit for smuggling in-depth features on countries that rarely rate for TV-news coverage, like Congo, Myanmar, and Ethiopia, onto prime-time television."
- CNN plans multiple tribute specials this weekend, starting with tonight's Remembering Anthony Bourdain at 10 p.m.
- Bourdain rewrote the rules of food and travel shows: "Anthony Bourdain made it clear throughout his published and televised career that he was a learner and a listener rather than an educator, that that to be open to new experiences and new people was the key," says Chris Fuhrmeister, adding: "Bourdain wanted to know the world, and thanks to his voice and the hundreds of hours of television he made, he convinced a legion of fans that they wanted to know the world, too. Through Bourdain’s on-air travels, his viewers came to know people and cultures they otherwise may have never met."
- "I mean, honestly, WHAT A GODDAMN LIFE, MAN!" says Drew Magary, who admits to wanting Bourdain's life. "He lived a scant 61 years, but my god, were those years densely packed. Watching him trot around the globe week to week engendered only the warmest of envies. And, in death, Bourdain takes with him a collection of memories and experiences so immeasurable, and so vast, that they dwarf any book or TV episode he leaves behind. It is that life, more than his work, that millions of people (myself included) seek to emulate: a life that is hungry, thirsty, curious, honest, compassionate, rowdy, horny, all of it."
- Bourdain told the truth and became perhaps the best-known celebrity in America: "Bourdain’s fame wasn’t the distant, lacquered type of an actor or a musician, bundled and sold with a life-style newsletter," says Helen Rosner. "Bourdain felt like your brother, your rad uncle, your impossibly cool dad—your realest, smartest friend, who wandered outside after beers at the local one night and ended up in front of some TV cameras and decided to stay there."
- Bourdain stood up for women without making it about him: "'Right now, nothing else matters but women’s stories,' he wrote in a gut-punch of a Medium essay in December," says Megan Greenwell. "That such a seemingly obvious line from a male celebrity feels so extraordinary is dismaying; that Bourdain was willing to scream it just as loudly as he once told sous chefs to suck his dick gives me hope."
- Bourdain's show increasingly became less about him: "Over the years, Bourdain’s approach to his shows became less about what he was going to eat and more about who he was going to meet," says Caroline Framke. "He made a concerted effort to resist the idea that his breadth of experience made him an expert in any given cuisine
- Bourdain's appreciation of Waffle House tells you all you need to know: "It would be easy to say that Anthony Bourdain 'got' places, but I hate that term," says Spencer Hall. "I kind of hate the term 'understood,' too, because the word implies a kind of authority. 'Understood' can make experience a mandatory training webinar to be completed, with certificates, stages, merit badges, and flair earned along the way. To the observer who gets and understands and frames places, there is only acquisition, and process, and then a new target. That’s not what Bourdain’s work felt like."
- Bourdain was the rare celebrity who appealed to the common man: "#AnthonyBourdain was everything I hoped he'd be in real life: smart AF but humble, kind and even goofy. And a man with a huge heart," tweets Gustavo Arellano, who appeared with Bourdain on Parts Unknown's 2017 Los Angeles episode. He adds that Bourdain "spoke against pretentious idiots, against exploitation and harassment. But for me, his greatest achievement was his full-throttled defense of the food industry's most exploited class: Latinos."
- New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe recalled his 2017 profile of Bourdain: "Looking back over my notebooks this morning, I recognized dark threads running through our conversations. Bourdain freely acknowledged that part of the reason he continued to work at such a frantic pace might have been a fear about where his mind might go if he ever sat still. Any facile notion I might have entertained about writing a light-hearted portrait of a man with a dream job was, upon meeting Tony, quickly overtaken by a sense that he wasn’t content—that, in all that globe-trotting, he was chasing something that would forever elude him."
- His decepitively optimistic outlook will be missed the most: "Bourdain may have had a snarl," says Linda Holmes, "a cutting tongue and closets full of demons he was often fairly open about. But he treated the world as if he had not given up on it. He treated it as if, at any moment, it might open itself wider, reveal a crack into which he hadn't ever slipped, with pen and paper, with a flashlight and a fork. And he might be able to help other people understand what was inside."
- Bourdain was an inspiration to many: "For those who struggled with addiction like himself, he showed that you could burst forth from that suffocating cocoon and lead a life of wonderment and adventure, traveling across the world, indulging in its myriad pleasures," says Marlow Stern. "For those who felt walled off from the rest, he presented a glorious escape."
- Bourdain was deeply moral and deeply compassionate: "His character sketches of his fellow cooks showed a humility and curiosity about the lives of others that made his television series stand far, far above anyone else’s. He had been through fire, literal and spiritual," says Corby Kummer. "That left him alive to not just the pain of the cooks who had practiced their trade until they were good enough to attract his attention. It also left him alive to joy: the joy of a burrito or spring roll or soup dumpling or churrascaria or squid skewer. Of living in a new landscape, spectacularly beautiful or spectacularly simple."
- Barack Obama's Bourdain tribute to their Parts Unknown Hanoi noodles-and-beer meal captures exactly why he was beloved
- Asia Argento, Bourdain's girlfriend, says: "His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds"
- Bourdain took responsibility for toxic masculinity and called out his friends
- Why Bourdain was a #MeToo champion: "In these current circumstances, one must pick a side," Bourdain wrote in Medium in December. "I stand unhesitatingly and unwaveringly with the women."
- Bourdain discussed his depression on a 2016 Parts Unknown episode in Argentina: "I find myself in a spiral of depression that can last for days"
- Food Network's Sandra Lee, whom Bourdain mocked, paid tribute to him as "a really gifted, smart, articulate man and his humor will be missed"
- Somebody Feed Phil's Phil Rosenthal said Bourdain "invetned an entire genre"
- A reminder: Parts Unknown Seasons 1 through 8 are leaving Netflix on June 16
- Bourdain's book imprint will be discontinued
- New Yorker editor David Remnick recalled the Bourdain's 1999 essay that propelled him to fame
- Remembering Bourdain's tremendous literary talent
- Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential tops Amazon's best-seller list
- Bourdain had been working on a "more personal" new book
- Newsweek under fire for trying to capitalize on Bourdain's death with a flood of "clickbait" articles
- Val Kilmer criticized for calling Bourdain's apparent suicide "so selfish"
- Here are the most memorable moments from Bourdain's shows
- Bourdain reportedly gave everything to his work: "His travel schedule was grueling and he often seemed quite beat-up from it, as anyone would be," a source tells People. "He’d put everything into the shoots and then go back to his room to isolate."
- Travel Channel announces a 12-hour Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations marathon for Sunday
- Check out Bourdain's life in photos
# TOPICS: Anthony Bourdain, CNN, Food Network, A Cook's Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Travel Channel, Asia Argento, Barack Obama, Phil Rosenthal, Sandra Lee, Sexual Misconduct
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 8:49AM EDT
Anthony Bourdain dies at 61
CNN announced the death of its Parts Unknown host, saying he was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he was working on an upcoming episode. "CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide," according to a CNN report. CNN also released an official statement, saying: "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time." CNN is in the midst of airing the 11th season of Parts Unknown, with three episodes remaining.
- Gordon Ramsay pays tribute: "Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food."
- "One of my idols," tweeted Chrissy Teigen. "Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :("
- Rose McGowan: "Anthony I am so mad at you. You were so loved, the world is not better without you"
- President Trump called Bourdain's death "very sad," adding that he enjoyed his show and that he was "quite a character"
- "A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning," tweeted Anthony Zimmern. "And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind."
- Christiane Amanpour: "He was a friend, a collaborator, and family. A huge personality, a giant talent, a unique voice, and deeply, deeply human"
- "This is who Anthony was," tweeted Jake Tapper. "Asked to donate something for an auction for @HomesForOurTrps, he handed over his beloved — and pricey — watch. He’d give you the shirt off his back."
- More stars pay tribute: "Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown," tweeted Mandy Moore
- Bourdain was one of the leading male voices in the #MeToo movement: "Bourdain was one of the men out there doing work of reexamination & personal reflection & of truly listening to women, perhaps spurred by, but not limited to, Asia Argento," says Rebecca Traister.
- On Sunday, Bourdain tweeted a joyous video from the Hong Kong filming of Parts Unknown
- "Bourdain projected a sense of invincibility," says Kyle Koster. "There seemed no challenge too steep, no situation too uncomfortable, or location too remote for him to tackle with gusto. He seemed at ease with chaos, infinitely malleable, and, most importantly, willing to listen. And learn."
- "Viewers felt a connection to him because he spoke in such a frank, original way," says Hal Boedeker, adding that "the shock of his death will recede, and people will remember his invigorating lust for life. The life matters more than the death. He left such a rich, varied record of enjoying life."
- Anthony Bourdain was American cool: "I say this as somebody who hates the word 'cool' and all the contrived nonsense that it stirs up, but the man really was," says William O'Connor. "He could hold court with gourmand French chefs in one episode, and then gut and cook a chicken on the Congo River in the next. I was proud to have my country associated with him—he was in that brash yet debonair American mold that foreigners eat up."
- Bourdain was a great writer, and his fans are sharing their favorite passages on social media
- In February, Bourdain joked to People magazine: “I’m going to pretty much die in the saddle"
- Bourdain's death prompts celebrities to share their own experiences battling depression
- Six days ago: The Hollywood Reporter published Bourdain's essay on his "cinematic dream" filming in Hong Kong with girlfriend Asia Argento
- Bourdain told The New Yorker last year: "I have the best job in the world. If I’m unhappy, it’s a failure of imagination"