Anthony Bourdain’s Best Quotes On Life, Travel and Food

Remembering the chef who connected the world through good food and good conversation.

Anthony BourdainPhoto: via Facebook/Anthony Bourdain

If you’re a foodie, a chef, a restaurant critic, or a traveler, it’s likely that Anthony Bourdain’s work has made an impact on your life. Though many know him as the man who ate and drank his way around the world, the chef-turned-TV-personality has introduced a generation of viewers to communities around the globe through a love of good food and good conversation. According to CNN, on June 8, 2018, Anthony Bourdain was reported dead while working on an upcoming episode for his series “Parts Unknown.”  The cause of death was suicide.

His career has given the world some valuable insight on food and life itself. In remembrance, here are our favorite quotes:

1. “To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.”

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2. “Under ‘Reasons for Leaving Last Job,’ never give the real reason, unless it’s money or ambition.”
3. “Cooking is a craft, I like to think, and a good cook is a craftsman—not an artist. There’s nothing wrong with that: the great cathedrals of Europe were built by craftsmen—though not designed by them. Practicing your craft in expert fashion is noble, honorable and satisfying.”

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4. “As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life—and travel—leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks—on your body or on your heart—are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
5. “It’s very rarely a good career move to have a conscience.”
6. “Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.”

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7. “When dealing with complex transportation issues, the best thing to do is pull up with a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out.”
8. “I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.”

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9. “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”
10. “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
11. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”

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12. “I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.”
13. “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”
14. “I’m not going anywhere. I hope. It’s been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
15. “[When I die], I will decidedly not be regretting missed opportunities for a good time. My regrets will be more along the lines of a sad list of people hurt, people let down, assets wasted and advantages squandered.”

You are not alone.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free service open for anyone in emotional crisis or distress. Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit Lifeline Chat at any time. Additionally, you can text the Crisis Text Line from anywhere in the US by messaging CONNECT to 741741.

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Alexa Erickson
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