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Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of a number of professional kitchens in his long career, which included many years spent as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He first became known for his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000). His first food and world-travel television show, A Cook's Tour, ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he began a three-season run as a judge on The Taste, and concurrently switched his travelogue programming to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Though best known for his culinary achievements and television presentations, along with several books on food and cooking and travel adventures, Bourdain also wrote both fiction and historical nonfiction.


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Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of Anthony Michael Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of a number of professional kitchens in his long career, which included many years spent as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He first became known for his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000). His first food and world-travel television show, A Cook's Tour, ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, he began hosting the Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he began a three-season run as a judge on The Taste, and concurrently switched his travelogue programming to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Though best known for his culinary achievements and television presentations, along with several books on food and cooking and travel adventures, Bourdain also wrote both fiction and historical nonfiction.

30 review for Anthony Bourdain: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Samra

    Reads like a Wikipedia bio or People magazine profile. Very disappointing. It got one star only because a star rating was required. This brief and hastily-prepared article (it's not a book) tells nothing we don't already know about Bourdain. I regret spending $2.99 on this. Researched from news accounts, of which none are credited. There's no depth, no insight, and no editing, which it desperately needs because of grammatical errors and repetition. Don't waste your money. Reads like a Wikipedia bio or People magazine profile. Very disappointing. It got one star only because a star rating was required. This brief and hastily-prepared article (it's not a book) tells nothing we don't already know about Bourdain. I regret spending $2.99 on this. Researched from news accounts, of which none are credited. There's no depth, no insight, and no editing, which it desperately needs because of grammatical errors and repetition. Don't waste your money.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Guillen

    Great book but too short I felt like this book was just a glimpse of this short and incredibly adventurous life. It was a good introduction but I wanted more stories, more memories and more Tony. It read more like a book report

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This sucked! Don't waste your time! Don't waste your time reading this garbage that is filled with trivial info about Anthony Bourdain that any hack could've gotten off the internet..It's lane and filled with info that everyone knows This sucked! Don't waste your time! Don't waste your time reading this garbage that is filled with trivial info about Anthony Bourdain that any hack could've gotten off the internet..It's lane and filled with info that everyone knows

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Dickinson

    You're joking? Great man and deserved so much better than this. Anyone could have written this, no one insight whatsoever. Very poor. You're joking? Great man and deserved so much better than this. Anyone could have written this, no one insight whatsoever. Very poor.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen ureneck

    short bio just the facts Reads like an obit, I did learn a few things about the late, great Anthony Bourdain. Well written, gave 2 stars cuz it's so brief. short bio just the facts Reads like an obit, I did learn a few things about the late, great Anthony Bourdain. Well written, gave 2 stars cuz it's so brief.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kendy

    Thank you This was wonderful to read thank you for sharing and teaching us about his life. He is missed so very much.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elsa Monteiro

    Very little new information about his life. Not very indepth.

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