It’s almost inconceivable that almost a year has gone by since the world lost chef, TV host, renaissance man, and all around good guy Anthony Bourdain. The then 61-year-old was found dead in an Alsacian hotel room while filming an episode for CNN’s Parts Unknown in the area. In the following days, newspapers, magazines, but first and foremost the internet, were consumed with stories and tributes to the man everybody seemed to have loved. His last TV home, CNN, at that point began to compile photos, posts, and quotes, in order to create a lasting memory for Anthony’s daughter.
Bourdain’s estate has now decided to share this loving tribute with the world. “Anthony Bourdain Remembered” features anecdotes from those near and dear to the man everybody called Tony. Friends and fans alike share the personal impact Tony had left on their lives.
A Memento for Friends and Fans Alike
“We wanted a book that could be revisited over time and appreciated slowly, like a long, enjoyable meal with a close friend,” executive vice president of talent and program development at CNN Worldwide, Amy Entelis, said in a statement. “This is that book … It is something permanent to hold in our hands that allows us to go back and be reminded of what Tony meant, and still means, to the people who were in his life and outside of it, close to his world and in parts unknown.”
“Our relationship with Anthony Bourdain began in 2012 and in that time Tony became a dear friend and colleague who enriched CNN with his brilliant storytelling, distinctive voice, and refreshing perspective on culture at home and abroad,” Entelis continued. “As an expression of our gratitude, we wanted to create this remembrance for his family and all those whose lives he touched.” After having TV shows on the travel channel, Bourdain found a permanent home at CNN. After his death, network colleagues all paid their respects in heartwarming tributes on the air.
“Proud to Call Him a Friend”
The book includes photographs of Bourdain filming his show around the world, and quotes from chefs, journalists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers inspired by Bourdain including Barack Obama, Eric Ripert, Jill Filipovic, Ken Burns, Questlove, and José Andrés.
“It’s easy to love Tony,” Andrés writes. “You can see it. He’s the most caring person I’ve ever met. That’s why I’m happy and proud to call him a friend.”
And the 44th president contributes the quote he published on Twitter the day after Bourdain’s death: “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. This is how I’ll remember Tony,” Barack Obama wrote. “He taught us about food—but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.”
The book is available today wherever books are sold.
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