“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”
— Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain backed up his words with action — all the while urging us to do a lot more than simply try new foods in exotic places filled with fascinating strangers. He desperately wanted us to break out of our comfort zones and see the world (in person) through the eyes of people we would never otherwise meet. Watching his TV shows — first “No Reservations,” and then “Parts Unknown” — enabled us to spend time with a real-life explorer who trotted around the world in search of, well, the things that make us all human. Food, yes. But also love, spirit, and passion.
Bourdain, who suffered from depression, took his own life in 2018 at the age of 61. “Anthony was my best friend,” tweeted French chef and close friend Eric Ripert at the time. “An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous.” Ripert, along with another longtime friend, José Andrés, declared June 25 (Bourdain’s birthday) Bourdain Day in 2019.
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