Anthony Bourdain Quotes: Passion for Food and Lust for Life Inspires World Travellers to Explore the Unknown

Who is Anthony Bourdain? Is he a chef, a television personality, a writer, a filmmaker, a jiu-jitsu master? Perhaps he is really a bon vivant who has found success by fearlessly exploring his passions. Here is someone who makes a living by traveling and exploring the world 250 days a year, yet always remains grounded and laid-back.

Bourdain has turned his passion for food into a hunger for traveling and meeting people. Food is one of the best ways to enjoy the company of other people, and when it is done in unfamiliar circumstances you have a recipe for personal adventure. Bourdain is a smart risk-taker; he never imperils himself or anyone but firmly lives on the edge because this is where he is most comfortable.

Bourdain has earned trust and respect because he simply wants to relate his experiences to others without a hint of shill or ego. Although Bourdain is the central character in his shows and books, he never makes it about himself. He can identify larger truths by showing us how people across the globe live. His personality provides the eye on how we view his experiences, but in the end he leaves it up us to decide on what it really all means.

Here are 15 quotes from Anthony Bourdain to inspire the art of living:


“I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.” – Anthony Bourdain


“Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.” – Anthony Bourdain


“You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain


“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” – Anthony Bourdain


“Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?'” – Anthony Bourdain


“Big stuff and little: learning how to order breakfast in a country where I don’t speak the language and haven’t been before – that’s really satisfying to me. I like that.” – Anthony Bourdain


“I, personally, think there is a real danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.” – Anthony Bourdain


“I admire people who do things that are interesting to them, who don’t have a strategy or a master plan or have a brand—I don’t care about any of those things.” – Anthony Bourdain


“To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, that can’t be a bad thing.” – Anthony Bourdain


“I do not have a merchandise line. I don’t sell knives or apparel. Though I have been approached to endorse various products from liquor to airlines to automobiles to pharmaceuticals dozens of times, I have managed to resist the temptation.” – Anthony Bourdain


“To the extent I am known, I think I am known as a person who expresses his opinion freely about things – and I was sensitive to the possibility that if I was seen taking money for saying nice things about a product, my comments and choices and opinions would become, understandably, suspect.” – Anthony Bourdain


“In too much of the West, everyone wants the guarantee of safety, and never having to make any decisions.” – Anthony Bourdain


“I think that if all kids aspire to reach a point where they could feed themselves and a few of their friends; this would be good for the world surely.” – Anthony Bourdain


“I just do the best I can and write something interesting, to tell stories in an interesting way and move forward from there.” – Anthony Bourdain


“The older I get, and the more I travel in particular, the less I care about what exactly is in the dish than who’s cooking it and why.” – Anthony Bourdain

Author: Phil Zavackis


Phil Zavackis is a freelance writer living in Toronto. He has recently finished a screenplay titled ‘105 Degrees & Rising’, which is about the Fall of Saigon in 1975.


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