10 Iconic Anthony Bourdain Quotes You Shouldn’t Take with a Grain of Salt: On Food, Travel, & Life

Today the world mourns a revered badass, Anthony Bourdain.

Being a world traveler, the famous chef, author, & television personality thrived off meeting new people & experiencing their cultures. A reformed drug addict, Bourdain took the minimalist approach on consumption: exploring the full range of human experience and delighting in its true flavors. His colorful commentary speaks for itself:

On life:

“That without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, moribund.”

“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.”

On traveling:

“Travel changes you. 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.”

“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after,you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and whats happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there – with your eyes open – and lived to see it.”

On immigrants & America:

“No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.”

“The idea of America is a mutt-culture, isn’t it? Who the hell is America if not everybody else? We are-and should be-a big, messy, anarchistic polyglot of dialects and accents and different skin tones…. We need more Latinos to come here. And they should, whenever possible, impregnate our women.”

 

On the transformative nature of food:

“For a moment, or a second, the pinched expressions of the cynical, world-weary, throat-cutting, miserable bastards we’ve all had to become disappears, when we’re confronted with something as simple as a plate of food.”

“Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.”

“The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself.”

On pineapple pizza:

“Fuck you, Guy Fieri. Fuck you and your pineapple fucking pizza.”

Okay, maybe not that last one (we love our pineapple). Thank you, Anthony Bourdain, for sharing your wisdom with the world.

Help is always available at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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