Top 5 Anthony Bourdain Reads
Love him or hate him, no one can deny the sheer talent and knowledge of the late Anthony Bourdain. In the wake of his recent, untimely death, his numerous food and travel works are bound to hit the top of bestseller lists all over again. We’ve picked out the five you can’t afford to miss.
This book sums up Bourdain’s style in 320 pages. Not a word is sugar-coated under any circumstances. It is raw, uncensored and unapologetically honest about the goings-on behind the scenes in the world’s professional kitchens. It’s a how-to guide for the kitchen in narrative form. You come away knowing exactly what’s right and what’s wrong from the knives you use to some of the more meticulous techniques. Pick it up; you won’t put it down!
If food is your passion and you have a flair for the Bohemian, then Bourdain’s Medium Raw will be right up your alley. Many consider it to be just as good as the aforementioned Kitchen Confidential, while others regard it to be more a list of loves and hate split into chapters. If you’ve worked in the food industry, you will appreciate and relate to many of Bourdain’s points. Don’t expect to come away with your next dinner party menu, though…
Whether you’re familiar with his work or not, Appetites by Anthony Bourdain is the key to learning to not only cook like him but host like him as well. Cookery is very much a social thing, rather than just a basic survival necessity or an art form, depending on your stance. For family and/or friends, learn how to make, among other things, Korean Fried Chicken and the Macau-style Pork Chop Sandwich.
Transform regular evening meals into dishes fit for a French bistro with Anthony Bourdain’s Les Hales Cookbook. Build on your kitchen repertoire, covering all bases in the process. From fish and shellfish to lamb and veal. Impress at dinner parties, fundraisers and other events with dishes like Hangar steak, duck confit, and the perfect chocolate mousse.
Aside from the cookery itself, you can also learn a lot about making your life in the kitchen easier. Advice on building relationships with suppliers, and the right knives for the job.
This book is as much a traveler’s adventure as it is a food guide. Only the caustic storytelling style of Anthony Bourdain can suit such a trip. While highly interesting, informative and entertaining, this is not a recipe book. Much as you will be able to draw inspiration from the dishes that Bourdain describes, or want to visit the places he does, you won’t be given any quantities or instructions.
Still, an undeniably impeccable read that will have you looking at “the perfect meal” in a different light afterward.