One of the great story tellers has gone, Chef Anthony Bourdain (apparently) committed suicide.
I admired Chef Bourdain enormously. It wasn’t just Kitchen Confidential, nor his rip-snorting travel shows, but the man really earned his chops as a chef. One of my most thumbed-through books is his Les Halles Cookbook. If you ever want to know how to make a classic bistro dish in the least fussy and most approachable way, this is the place to start. And these are not dumbed-down recipes, these are the actual ones used in the NYC restaurant of the same name (now closed).
Bourdain was a natural teacher (I think), whose goal was to make food both fun and approachable, and he succeeded on all levels. His second career as a raconteur was a success on all levels as well, he made being curious a career.
This is a huge loss, and Chef Bourdain will be missed. But I bet the afterlife is gonna be tasty (and fun!) now that he has arrived. Imagine the stories he didn’t tell us that he’s telling now!