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The Times of His Life: Book, Anthony Bourdain Remembered

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Hello all. On this one year anniversary of the passing of Anthony Bourdain, I wanted to mention the recently published book featuring remembrances of those who knew him best. The book, Anthony Bourdain Remembered was originally intended to be a private gift to his daughter however the family subsequently allowed it to be available to general public. Here's an excerpt from an online People Magazine article about it:

 

"Anthony Bourdain will be honored in a new book set to publish this spring.

 

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The title, Anthony Bourdain Remembered, will be filled with photos, memories and quotes from the late chef’s fans and famous collaborators including Barack Obama, Eric Ripert, Questlove and José Andrés. Daniel Halpern, president and publisher of Ecco, tells PEOPLE that CNN originally created the book as a “keepsake” for his daughter Ariane, 11, and his estate later agreed to share the book publicly."

 

A very thoughtful and classy thing for CNN to do. I clearly remember the heartfelt and tearful on-air reactions by his colleagues at that network. 

 

I definitely intend on purchasing it; actually going to buy it from Target and not the more "respectable" Amazon just because I have a feeling he might have found that to be rather funny since he was so unpretentious.

 

Although the initial shock of his death has dulled, I still dearly miss his voice and perspective on all the craziness going on in this country and around the world these days.

 

Has anyone had the opportunity to read it?

 

Apologies for the mismatched fonts; tried to fix it but couldn't.

 

 

 

 

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Inside me there is a thin woman screaming to get out, but I can usually keep the Bitch quiet: with CHOCOLATE!!!

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I’m so ambivalent on AB over the past year. I don’t know why, exactly. 

 

I read and watched his stuff avidly, now I have no desire to. 

 

Curious. 

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Usually I'm against all kinds of actions that milk on a person's death (I call it "the Freddy Mercury effect").

After reading my first thought was: "one of the few cases that seems legit".

Then my cynical part thought: "can we be sure this wasn't a marketing stunt from the beginning?".

 

 

 

Teo

 

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11 hours ago, gfweb said:

I’m so ambivalent on AB over the past year. I don’t know why, exactly. 

 

I read and watched his stuff avidly, now I have no desire to. 

 

Curious. 

 

I understand. I've seen similar comments from others here.

 

His death had the exact opposite effect on me. Actually, right after I read your post, I tuned in to CNN and there he was. I had checked throughout the day to see if they would be airing any episodes of Parts Unknown but it was just hour after hour of the usual political over-analysis blah blah blah and rehash. I then proceeded to watch five episodes in a row: Iran, Vietnam, Tokyo with chef Masa Takayama, West Virginia and The Lower East Side, the last of which ended the series.

 

Whenever I rewatch any of his shows he still seems so alive to me; always makes me smile. The West Virginia episode was especially touching in that you could see that he was determined to avoid the usual stereotypical portrayals of the people from that beautiful state. He said, in his typical no bullshit style, "If you've tuned in to watch some poverty porn, this is NOT the show for you."

 

 

 

 

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Inside me there is a thin woman screaming to get out, but I can usually keep the Bitch quiet: with CHOCOLATE!!!

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I know why I'm ambivalent: He left his child fatherless. 

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