Quotations by Bourdain, Anthony


If you’re a cheap tipper, by the way, or rude to your server, you are dead to me. You are lower than whale feces.

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) American chef, author, travel documentarian
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I understand there’s a guy inside me who wants to lay in bed, smoke weed all day, and watch cartoons and old movies. My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid, and outwit, that guy.

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) American chef, author, travel documentarian
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Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia — the fruits of his genius for statesmanship — and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the dock at The Hague next to Milošević. While Henry continues to nibble nori rolls and remaki at A-list parties, Cambodia, the neutral nation he secretly and illegally bombed, invaded, undermined, and then threw to the dogs, is still trying raise itself up on its one remaining leg.

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) American chef, author, travel documentarian
A Cook’s Tour, ch. 9 “Road to Pailin” (2001)
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Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) American chef, author, travel documentarian
Kitchen Confidential, “Second Course” (2000)
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While often framed around Bourdain's self-destructive lifestyle, in this context he's discussing being adventuresome when selecting places to dine, including taking some risks in order to gain new food experiences.
Added on 13-Aug-21 | Last updated 13-Aug-21
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I’m extremely skeptical of the “language of addiction.” I never saw heroin or cocaine as “my illness.” I saw them as some very bad choices that I walked knowingly into. I fucked myself — and, eventually, had to work hard to get myself un-fucked.

And I’m not going to tell you here how to live your life.

I’m just saying, I guess, that I got very lucky.

And luck is not a business model.

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018) American chef, author, travel documentarian
Medium Raw, ch. 5 (2010)
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Added on 6-Aug-21 | Last updated 6-Aug-21
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