Return to Home Page

March 4, 2014

Anthony Bourdain: On food and travel

5205261313_30aeb4bc1e

Image credit

I have a confession to make: I’m falling in love with Anthony Bourdain.

After twelve years without a television to share my life with I discovered his shows when we were wandering in New Zealand. The food. The locations. His sass. I was smitten. Then, I began to read, you know he’s a writer, don’t you? Swoon. He writes about food. He writes about travel. He will awaken your lust for both:

The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.

— Anthony Bourdain

“I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung river to the heart of darkness in Cambodia. I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots in a Mafiya nightclub in Russia. I wanted to play with automatic weapons in Phnom Penh, recapture the past in a small oyster village in France, step into a seedy neon-lit pulqueria in rural Mexico. I wanted to run roadblocks in the middle of the night, blowing past angry militia with a handful of hurled Marlboro packs, experience fear, excitement, wonder. I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books. I wanted to see the world – and I wanted the world to be just like the movies”

― Anthony Bourdain, A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody.”

-Anthony Bourdain

“Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” 

― Anthony Bourdain

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

― Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach

“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.”

― Anthony Bourdain, The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones

Posted by | Comments (1) 
Category: Food and Drink, Travel Writing


One Response to “Anthony Bourdain: On food and travel”

  1. Ricky Leiderman Says:

    I watched everything he put on tv and miss him so much since moving to the Philippines.

Leave a Reply

Main

Bio

Books

Stories

Essays

Video

Interviews

Events

Writers

Marco

Paris

Vagabonding.net

Contact


Vagabonding Audio Book at Audible.com

Marco Polo Didnt Go There
Rolf's new book!


Vagabonding
   Vagabonding

RECENT COMMENTS

Sage: I like the idea of travel being “monasticism on the move”

Eric: Always love to hear about more digital nomad families … kills the...

Roger: I certainly agree with this quote, and I read the article linked above. Very...

Mad man Mullins: As it use to be said “Joke em if they can’t take a...

Stephen: I actually find this essential when I’m not solo traveling –...

Caroline Macomber: I love this article! One of the tough things about being a teenager...

Stacey Ebert: Thanks so very much, Kyle. Glad you enjoyed the read. Cheers, Stacey

VagabondExpedition: I take mini adventures at least twice a month, almost every month...

Jef: Cool article Jenni :), I especially like the “Life is truly a journey. It...

Roger: I think short trips, closer to home, are a great idea. Any get-away is good. So...

SPONSORED BY :



CATEGORIES

TRAVEL LINKS

ARCHIVES

RECENT ENTRIES

The difference: Living well vs. Doing well, Part 2
Vagabonding Case Study: The Wagoners
What travel hacking isn’t
Vagabonding Case Study: Behan Gifford
What you see on large news channels is not the only news
Solo travel when you’re not traveling solo
Vagabonding Case Study: Jarryd Salem
Field Report: Port Lincoln, Australia
Do short trips have their own value?
What the frugal foodie eats in Chiang Mai, Thailand


Subscribe to this blog's feed
Follow @rolfpotts