“You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” —Anthony Bourdain
For nearly two decades, Anthony Bourdain has thrilled readers and viewers with stories about the foods of the world, the people who grow, produce, and cook it, and the culture and circumstances that shape it. Bourdain’s unique perspective on food was heavily influenced by his decades-long tenure as a restaurant chef. His early writings and television shows were the product of kitchen banter—confrontational, sardonic, and downright hilarious. As he became an experienced traveller, his tone became noticeably more empathetic and inquisitive, though he always maintained a sense of humor. Bourdain has taken us to far off lands and our own cities, dined at some of the most exclusive fine dining establishments and also in family homes in rural villages. As we still try to process his recent untimely passing, let’s look back on some fascinating facts that define a truly brilliant individual.
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Anthony Bourdain Facts
42. Marilyn and Tony
In 2012, a positive review of a North Dakota Olive Garden written by 86-year-old restaurant columnist Marilyn Hagerty became a viral sensation. The review was widely derided for its unabashed affection for a chain restaurant. Bourdain, however, jumped to her defense on social media, stating that Hagerty’s reviews represented an important perspective on Middle American dining. The two eventually met in-person and became friends. Bourdain’s book imprint published a compilation book of reviews from Hagerty’s long career as a restaurant columnist.