An Authorized Anthony Bourdain Biography Is Happening
Though the late, great Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the world on CNN's Parts Unknown, it was his landmark essay called "Don't Eat Before Reading This" about what really goes on in restaurants, published in The New Yorker in 1999, that launched his remarkable career. Soon after, Bourdain published his best-selling memoir, Kitchen Confidential, and the rest is history.
But when it comes to Bourdain's life and literary legacy, it appears there's one more significant book on its way.
Cookbook author Paula Forbes relayed the news this week via Twitter that an "authorized" Anthony Bourdain biography is in the works, to be published in the fall of 2019 and edited by Laurie Woolever, Bourdain's longtime assistant and collaborator. The pair had recently worked together on Bourdain's last cookbook, Appetites.
According to ye olde Publishers Marketplace, @LaurieWoolever is editing Bourdain: The Oral Biography, "an authorized portrait of the writer, veteran chef and television traveler, built from stories shared by those who knew him best” for Ecco. Fall 2019— Paula Forbes (@paulaforbes) June 27, 2018
In a statement to Eater, Woolever said, "After working with and collaborating with Tony since 2004, I'm honored to now be working with his estate, and talking to the people who know him best, in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe."
With fans and chefs alike still finding their own ways of mourning the tragic loss, this project could be the closure many are seeking.
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