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“I would have had a different answer a few years ago.I might have deluded myself into thinking that I’d be happy in a hammock or gardening.One of the great storytellers of our time who connected with so many. My love and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”Ms. Ripert had told her that “Tony had been in a dark mood these past couple of days,” but she had no idea why he might have decided to kill himself. The article eventually became “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” a memoir that elevated Mr. “Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? “His prose voice was instant and unmistakable,” said Daniel Halpern, the Harper Collins editor who became Mr. Especially during his early years as a food writer, he could be awkward and withdrawn, she said.“Behind that swagger, there was always that tortured shy guy.”Anthony Michael Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956, in New York, and grew up in Leonia, N. His father, Pierre Bourdain, was an executive in the classical-music recording industry whose parents were born in France.Bourdain to a celebrity chef and a new career on TV.“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and Mc Donalds? Bourdain’s friend, fellow eater and literary collaborator. He first became conscious of food in fourth grade, he wrote in “Kitchen Confidential.” Aboard the Queen Mary on one of the family’s frequent trips to France, he sat in the cabin-class dining room and ate a bowl of vichyssoise, a basic potato-leek soup that held the delightful surprise of being cold.He was staying at Le Chambard, a luxury hotel in the village of Kaysersberg.

“In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” Ms. “This festival was his hunting ground.”In an interview with Indie Wire this month, Mr. Bourdain wrote about how the #Me Too movement had shaped his perspective, and said he had “real remorse” that the culture described in “Kitchen Confidential” may have contributed to the abuse of women.“Right now, nothing else matters but women’s stories of what it’s like in the industry I have loved and celebrated for nearly 30 years,” he wrote, “and our willingness, as human beings, citizens, men and women alike, to hear them out, fully, and in a way that other women can feel secure enough, and have faith enough that they, too, can tell their stories.”Mr. I became a dad in my 50s,” he said in a 2016 interview. The couple separated in 2016, they had not divorced. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to Speaking Of for a list of additional resources.

But no, I’m quite sure I can’t.” The actor also opened up about his meaningful relationship with his 11-year-old daughter, stating that the relationship gave him “some responsibility” and a reminder to “at least try to live.” “There have been times, honestly, in my life that I figured, ‘I’ve had a good run — why not just do this stupid thing, this selfish thing …

jump off a cliff into water of indeterminate depth,’” he said, recalling something he’d once done for his show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

“You can read out any sentence and know instantly who wrote it.”In 2011, Mr. “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” Ms. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. I am beyond devastated.”On Friday, people placed flowers and letters on the front door of the long-shuttered Les Halles on Park Avenue South, and celebrities in the food and entertainment worlds expressed deep shock and disbelief. They often spoke of the pressures that come with fame, and both worked to overcome addiction.“We shared a very, very deep feeling of wanting to get off this crazy roller coaster, but at the same time knowing that this was our work,” Mr. “The world has lost a brilliant human being and I’ve lost one of the few people I could talk to about some of this stuff. He felt that he had finally found his true soul mate in Asia,” he said. “It was the first food I enjoyed and, more important, remembered enjoying,” he wrote. Bourdain graduated from high school in 1973 and followed his high school love, Nancy Putkoski, who would become his first wife, to Vassar College, where he spent long nights drinking and smoking pot. “I was — to be frank — a spoiled, miserable, narcissistic, self-destructing and thoughtless young lout,” he wrote in “Kitchen Confidential.”Mr.

Bourdain, an omnivorous reader, began his own publishing imprint at Harper Collins, editing books by the chefs Roy Choi, Wylie Dufresne and Danny Bowien that were as unconventional as his own. But on “Parts Unknown,” he turned the lens around, delving into different countries around the world and the people who lived in them. Obama on an episode of “Parts Unknown” in Vietnam in 2016. Andrew Zimmern, the TV personality and chef, had much in common with Mr. When I did see him he and I would walk off into a corner or have dinner together and share our deepest, darkest stuff.”He last spoke with Mr. Ruth Reichl, the longtime editor of Gourmet and a former restaurant critic for The New York Times, called Mr. Bourdain spent a summer working as a dishwasher at a clam shack in Provincetown, Mass. “They had sort of a swagger, got all the girls and drank everything in sight.”He enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in 1975, graduated in 1978, and worked his way up the kitchen hierarchy in New York City, with stops at long-lost restaurants like the Rainbow Room, One Fifth Avenue and Sullivan’s.

His mother, Gladys Bourdain, who was a longtime editor at The New York Times, said she had no indication that Mr. “He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” Ms.

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