An unprecedented behind-the-scenes view into the life of Anthony Bourdain from the people who knew him best
When Anthony Bourdain died in June 2018, fans around the globe came together to celebrate the life of an inimitable man who had dedicated his life to traveling nearly everywhere (and eating nearly everything), shedding light on the lives and stories of others. His impact was outsized and his legacy has only grown since his death.
Now, for the first time, we have been granted a look into Bourdain's life through the stories and recollections of his closest friends and colleagues. Laurie Woolever, Bourdain's longtime assistant and confidante, interviewed nearly a hundred of the people who shared Tony's orbit-from members of his kitchen crews to his writing, publishing, and television partners, to his daughter and his closest friends - in order to piece together a remarkably full, vivid, and nuanced vision of Tony's life and work.
From his childhood and teenage days, to his early years in New York, through the genesis of his game-changing memoir Kitchen Confidential to his emergence as a writing and television personality, and in the words of friends and colleagues including Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Nigella Lawson, and W. Kamau Bell, as well as family members including his brother and his late mother, we see the many sides of Tony - his motivations, his ambivalence, his vulnerability, his blind spots, and his brilliance.
Unparalleled in scope and deeply intimate in its execution, with a treasure trove of photos from Tony's life, Bourdain: In Stories is a definitive testament to the life of a remarkable man in the words of the people who shared his world.
With pages of personal Bourdain photos, this warm book about an ultimate cool guy - vibrant and vulnerable - is dished up with finesse by Woolever ― FORBES
A fascinating account of Bourdain's childhood through his untimely death, conjuring him as he evolves from curious kid to punky teen to young, heroin-addicted cook ... A roundly true-feeling portrait of a captivating person. Bourdain's fans will find it impossible to put down ― BOOKLIST, starred review
A chorus of candid voices creates an engaging biography ― KIRKUS
Celebrated chef and author Anthony Bourdain cuts a charismatic yet enigmatic figure in this kaleidoscopic oral history ... This fascinating mosaic ... capture[s] the inimitable legacy he left behind ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A candid, compelling look at the man and his work ― TRAVEL & LEISURE
About the Author
Laurie Woolever is a writer and editor, and spent nearly a decade assisting Anthony Bourdain, with whom she co-authored the cookbook Appetites in 2016. She first worked with Bourdain on his debut cookbook, Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook, for which she was recipe editor and tester. Before publishing Appetites, Woolever was a line editor for various titles published on Bourdain's imprint, Anthony Bourdain Books, at Ecco. She has written about food and travel for the New York Times, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and others, and has worked as an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator. In April 2021, Woolever co-authored, with Bourdain as posthumous co-author, World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, which was an instant New York Times No. 1 bestseller.