Way, way, way back I had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Bourdain in Vancouver for the launch of Kitchen Confidential when I still worked at Raincoast Books. He was down-to-earth, funny, raw and unpretentious. It was obvious that he loved what he was doing and that he knew he was lucky to be living his dream.
Like everyone else, I was so, so sad to hear that he had taken his life this week.
A friend on Facebook shared this podcast that was done when he was on tour in 2006 for his next book Nasty Bits. It’s a three part series that was created over the course of a book tour in Vancouver and captures him in different moments. In all those moments, he never radiates the “rock star” arrogance that comes so often with fame. He was a mensch, a very real human being.
Thanks to Monique for sharing and Robert Ouimet for producing.
A little taste of what is in the podcast:
“On June 12, 2006, Anthony Bourdain, the best selling author of Kitchen Confidentialand host of the TV show No Reservations, spent a day in Vancouver doing media interviews and bookstore appearances to talk about his new book The Nasty Bits.
He wore a lapel microphone during the entire day, allowing me to record Bourdain’s casual conversation with fans, private moments in the car, and regular interview style questions.”
Have a listen to a man who showed us the world and all of its amazing offerings.