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Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition.
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Adios, Motherfucker
A Gentleman's Progress Through Rock and Roll
by Michael Ruffino (Aug 28, 2017)
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A blend of This Is Spinal Tap and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the cult classic confessions of a debauched rock 'n' roller and his adventures in excess on the '80s hair-metal nostalgia tour through Middle America-available again, and now revised and updated Once upon a time at the start of the new century, the unheard-of Unband got a chance to d...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Q: What’s the last book that made you laugh? A.B. I published it, on my Ecco imprint, Anthony Bourdain Books: Michael Ruffino’s “Adios, ________.     source
A Brief History of Seven Killings
A Novel
by Marlon James (Sep 07, 2015)
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From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The att...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Q: Whose writing today most inspires you? A.B. Marlon James’s “A Brief History of Seven Killings” was incredible.     source
The Man Who Lost the War
by W. T. Tyler (Mar 30, 2015)
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Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Spy novel authors and titles I particularly like include W. T. Tyler’s The Man Who Lost The War and Rogue’s March.     source
True Grit
A Novel
by Charles Portis (Oct 29, 2012)
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True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by he...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Charles Portis’s “True Grit” is a masterpiece. Don’t settle for seeing the film versions. One of the great heroines of all time and a magnificent book filled with great dialogue.     source
The Devil All the Time
by Donald Ray Pollock (Jul 09, 2012)
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A dark and riveting vision of 1960s America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over-tones of Flannery O'Connor at her most haunting.Set in rural southern Ohio...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Q: Whose writing today most inspires you? A.B. Donald Ray Pollock was a revelation when I first read “The Devil All the Time.” Daniel Woodrell’s work.      source
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame (Mar 05, 2012)
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Another beautiful book by renowned artist Robert Ingpen in the popular Sterling Illustrated Classics series.For more than a century, The Wind in the Willows and its endearing protagonists--Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger, and Ratty--have enchanted children of all ages. Whether the four friends are setting forth on an exciting adventure, engaging in a comic ...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
The Wind in the Willows, a classic I loved as a child.     source
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How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
by Sarah Bakewell (Sep 19, 2011)
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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Mon...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Sarah Bakewell’s “How to Live,” on the life and work of Montaigne, is a book I love. I stole a tattoo design from it.     source
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The Rogue's March
John Riley and the St. Patrick's Battalion, 1846-48 (The Warriors)
by Peter F. Stevens (Aug 31, 2005)
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Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Spy novel authors and titles I particularly like include W. T. Tyler’s The Man Who Lost The War and Rogue’s March.     source
Between Meals
by A. Liebling (Sep 28, 2004)
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New Yorker writer A.J. Liebling recalls his Parisian apprenticeship in the fine art of eating in this charming memoir.No writer has written more enthusiastically about food than A. J. Liebling. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris, the great New Yorker writer's last book, is a wholly appealing account of his éducation sentimentale in French cuisine...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
A. J. Liebling’s “Between Meals” is his memoir of meals in Paris before and after the war, and it’s fantastic. He was an enthusiastic lover of food and wine, very knowledgeable but never a snob. It’s the benchmark for great food writing.     source
Agents of Innocence
A Novel
by David Ignatius (Sep 16, 1997)
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Agents of Innocence is the book that established David Ignatius's reputation as a master of the novel of contemporary espionage. Into the treacherous world of shifting alliances and arcane subterfuge comes idealistic CIA man Tom Rogers. Posted in Beirut to penetrate the PLO and recruit a high-level operative, he soon learns the heavy price of innoc...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
David Ignatius’s “Agents of Innocence” is very, very good.     source
Ways of Escape
by Graham Greene (Dec 31, 1979)
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With superb skill and feeling, Graham greene retraces the experiences and encounters of a long and extraordinary life. His restlessness is legendary; he has travelled like an explorer seeking our people and political situations. 'at the dangerous edge of things' - Haiti during the nightmare rule of Papa Doc, Vietnam in the last days - of the French...
Anthony Bourdain
Nov 22, 2017
Graham Greene’s memoir, “Ways of Escape,” is a book I’ve read many times but keep coming back to.      source
Thrown
by Kerry Howley (Oct 13, 2014)
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In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fightersone a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families...
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The Story of the Stooges
by Jeff Gold (Nov 28, 2016)
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"Iggy Pop is my total idol."Kurt Cobain"The Stooges also carry a strong element of sickness in their music, a crazed quaking uncertainty and errant foolishness that effectively mirrors the absurdity and desperation of the times, but I believe that they also carry a strong element of cure, of post-derangement sanity. And I also believe that their mu...
Prune
by Gabrielle Hamilton (May 31, 2015)
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Dancing Bear
by James Crumley (Dec 31, 1983)
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Detective Milo Dragovitch spends too much time boozing until he gets caught up in a case involving two-bit criminals and an old lady on the run.His friends call him Milo. No one has ever called him Bud except his father, long dead, and now Sarah Weddington, stirring painful memoires and offering him his first case since he abandoned his private pra...
Under the Volcano
A Novel (P.S.)
by Malcolm Lowry (Apr 09, 2007)
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"Lowry's masterpiece...has a claim to being regarded as one of the ten most consequential works of fiction produced in [the twentieth] century." Los Angeles TimesGeoffrey Firmin, a former British consul, has come to Quauhnahuac, Mexico. His debilitating malaise is drinking, an activity that has overshadowed his life. On the most fateful day of the...
Crash
Deluxe Edition
by J. G. Ballard (Jul 22, 2019)
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When J. G. Ballard, our narrator, smashes his car into another and watches a man die in front of him, he finds himself drawn with increasing intensity to the mangled impacts of car crashes. Robert Vaughan, a former TV scientist turned nightmare angel of the expressway, has gathered around him a collection of alienated crash victims and experiments ...
Anthony Bourdain
Jul 23, 2013
Violent. Twisted. Hilarious and beautiful.     source
Naked Lunch
The Restored Text
by William S. Burroughs (Jul 15, 2013)
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Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume—that contains f...
Anthony Bourdain
Jul 23, 2013
Filthy, dangerous, depraved groundbreaking. And funny as Hell. Not an ideal role model, I grant you. But a writer I very much looked up to and wanted, for better or worse, to emulate.     source
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
by George Higgins (Apr 26, 2010)
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The classic novel from "America's best crime novelist" (Time), with a new introduction by Dennis LehaneGeorge V. Higgins's seminal crime novel is a down-and-dirty tale of thieves, mobsters, and cops on the mean streets of Boston. When small-time gunrunner Eddie Coyle is convicted on a felony, he's looking at three years in the pen--that is, unless ...
Anthony Bourdain
Jul 23, 2013
The best, most realistic crime novel ever. Best dialogue in a crime novel ever.     source
The White Album
Essays (FSG Classics)
by Joan Didion (Nov 09, 2009)
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First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era—including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall—through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written wit...
Anthony Bourdain
Jul 23, 2013
I wish I could write like Joan Didion.     source
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Ripley's Game
by Patricia Highsmith (Jun 16, 2008)
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Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game.In Ripley'...
Anthony Bourdain
Jul 23, 2013
Elegant, deliciously immoral entry in series of sociopath as hero. Basis for the Wim Wenders film, the American Friend     source
The Quiet American
by Graham Greene (Nov 04, 2002)
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While the French Army in Indo-China is grappling with the Vietminh, back in Saigon a young and high-minded American named Pyle begins to channel economic aid to a "Third Force." Caught between French colonialists and the Vietminh, Fowler, the narrator and seasoned foreign correspondent, observes: "I never knew a man who had better motives for all t...
Anthony Bourdain
Jul 23, 2013
Drama, romance, tragic history in SE Asia? I'm there! I re-read it frequently. Particularly when visiting Vietnam.     source
Essays
by George Orwell (Oct 14, 2002)
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A generous and varied selection–the only hardcover edition available–of the literary and political writings of one of the greatest essayists of the twentieth century.Although best known as the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four, George Orwell left an even more lastingly significant achievement in his voluminous essays, which dealt with ...
Anthony Bourdain
Jul 23, 2013
The font of all wisdom. Orwell is right about nearly everything.     source
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
by Hunter S. Thompson (May 11, 1998)
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Anthony Bourdain
Jul 23, 2013
The book that probably influenced me more than any other. A prose stylist and a personality who changed my life.     source
something to food about
Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs
by Questlove (Apr 11, 2016)
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Questlove is a drummer, producer, musical director, culinary entrepreneur, andNew York Timesbest-selling author. What unites all of his work is a profoundinterest in creativity. In somethingtofoodabout, Questlove applies his boundless curiosity to the world of food. In conversations with ten innovative chefs in America, he explores what makes their...
Anthony Bourdain
Food can be magic. It is magic. And yet it’s not. it comes from somewhere — and from someplace and someone. Always. Food tells a story. Usually a very personal one. Questlove gets to the heart of the matter. And so, here he is, getting to it.     source
Eating Viet Nam
Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table
by Graham Holliday (Mar 14, 2016)
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A journalist and blogger takes us on a colorful and spicy gastronomic tour through Viet Nam in this entertaining, offbeat travel memoir, with a foreword by Anthony Bourdain.Growing up in a small town in northern England, Graham Holliday wasn’t keen on travel. But in his early twenties, a picture of Hanoi sparked a curiosity that propelled him halfw...
Anthony Bourdain
This is — and will remain — an essential account for anyone considering travel to Việt Nam. But it should be a deeply rewarding read as well for those who won’t be getting that opportunity anytime soon.     source
You're Better Than Me
A Memoir
by Bonnie McFarlane (Feb 22, 2016)
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In the spirit of Mindy Kaling, Kelly Oxford, and Sarah Silverman, a compulsively readable and outrageously funny memoir of growing up as a fish out of water, finding your voice, and embracing your inner crazy-person, from popular actress, writer, and comedian Bonnie McFarlane.It took Bonnie McFarlane a lot of time, effort, and tequila to get to whe...
Anthony Bourdain
I knew, too, that if I was put on Earth to published anyone, it was Bonnie McFarlane. Like so few people are able to do, she walks that tightrope between comedy and tragedy, brilliantly. I am proud to bask in her reflected glory.     source
Rice, Noodle, Fish
Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture
by Matt Goulding (Oct 26, 2015)
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2016 Travel Book of the Year by the Society of American Travel WritersFinalist for the 2016 IACP Awards: Literary Food WritingNamed one of the Financial Times' "Best Books of 2016"An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan's extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along ...
Anthony Bourdain
The world needs Roads & Kingdoms. It needs this book.     source
My Last Supper
50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals / Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes
by Melanie Dunea (Nov 05, 2007)
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A gorgeous photo collection where world-reknowned chefs describe their ideal last meal, featuring Ferran Adrià, José Andrés, Lidia Bastianich, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Scott Conant, Gabrielle Hamilton, Eric Ripert and many more. Includes recipes. Chefs have been playing the "My Last Supper" game among themselves for decades, if not centurie...
Anthony Bourdain
And yet, when we ask ourselves and each other the question, what — if strapped to a chair, facing a fatal surge of electricity — would we want as that last taste of life, we seem to crave reminders of simpler, harder times. A crust of bread and butter... Poor-people food.     source