Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, studied at Vassar College, and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. His exposé of New York restaurants Don’t Eat Before Reading This was published in The New Yorker in 1999 attracting huge attention in America and the UK and formed the basis of his bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential.

Anthony Bourdain has plied his profession on both sides of the Atlantic for over twenty years. Now married and a resident of New York City, he is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. He has also written an introduction to the re-issue of the classic Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson of St John, published by Bloomsbury in September 2004.

A Cook’s Tour accompanied a 22-part television series shown in early 2002, in which he travelled the world on an unconventional culinary tour, including sampling the still-beating heart of a live cobra, dining with gangsters in Russia, and returning to his roots in the tiny fishing village of La Teste where he first ate an oyster as a child. The book won the 2002 Guild of Food Writers Award for Food Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award 2002.

Typhoid Mary, his account of the life of the infamous New York cook, is published by Bloomsbury in February 2005. The Nasty Bits, a collection of Anthony Bourdain’s journalism, is published by Bloomsbury in May 2006. Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook features over one hundred recipies from his renowned restaurant, Brasserie Les Halles.   (


Cookbooks by Anthony Bourdain