Anthony Bourdain just doesn’t disappoint. This foul-mouthed, former New York chef always has something interesting, exotic, and usually gritty to say. His ability to strip life, travel, and food down to the nuts and bolts has brought the travel and culinary sectors to their knees. He’s brash, blunt, and boldly honest. But his words make you feel alive, they ignite a flame for more–more oysters, more Vietnamese street food, more movement within exotic countries, more fulfillment, and more life.
These 11 Bourdain quotes will stir your hunger for one more bite of whatever that just was…
1. “I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters, or working for organized crime associates, food, for me, has always been an adventure.”
2. “Food has power. It could inspire, astonish, shock, excite, delight, and impress… It has the power to please me.”
3. “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
4. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”
5. “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.”
6. “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
7. “You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your time, and your money in cheese.”
8. “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
9. “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. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”
10. “What nicer thing can you do for someone than make them breakfast.”
11. “Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”
What do you guys think…would you do just about anything to share a beer and a steaming dish of pad thai with Mr. Bourdain as your counterpart?