Remembering Anthony Bourdain

June 08, 2018 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61. Bourdain, host of the award-winning CNN series "Parts Unknown," was in France filming when the network confirmed his death this morning and reported the cause as suicide. "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement Friday morning. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain challenged readers and viewers to think differently about food, travel and the human condition. He was also a tireless advocate for marginalized populations and safer working conditions for restaurant employees. His irreverent nature, combined with a natural curiosity, garnered him popular and critical acclaim. 

In 1999, his New Yorker article "Don't Eat Before Reading This" became his best-seller, and now contemporary classic, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." It skyrocketed him to international stardom and established him as a force in the food media business. Learn more about Bourdain’s innovative thoughts and influence in our collection.

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