Anthony Bourdain: 1956-2018

This morning sees the tragic loss of a giant in the culinary world, Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain had the life most have dreamed about: after publishing the wildly popular Kitchen Confidential, which uncovered the “back of the house” in all its alluring debauchery, he went on to trek around the world, tasting every type of food from street vendors and the finest restaurants. His four television shows, A Cook’s Tour, No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown inspired both chefs and world-travelers looking to expand their senses through the common language of food and drink. Of course, no mere paragraph can convey what Bourdain’s work has meant to his fans, but for what it’s worth—speaking as a fan who has been so inspired—season five, episode eight of Parts Unknown, where Bourdain travels to Beirut, best exemplifies the man, his work, and the desire to suck the marrow out of life. Here’s his complete bibliography, listed in chronological order, with titles linked to their Booklist reviews when available.


Food and Travel:

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical

Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking

The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones

No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

Appetites: A Cookbook



Bone in the Throat

Gone Bamboo

The Bobby Gold Stories

Get Jiro!

Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi


As a note to the cause of this tragic news, here is a list of resources for suicide prevention:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

International Association for Suicide Prevention

Befreinders Worldwide




About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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