Anthony Bourdain

29 Anthony Bourdain Recommended Books

Anthony Bourdain is a celebrated chef, author, and television personality. He gained fame with his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and his popular television shows, No Reservations and Parts Unknown, which showcased his travels, cuisine, and unique personality. Bourdain was an advocate for food culture and the culinary world, working to highlight the importance of respecting and celebrating food from all cultures.

29 Books recommended by Anthony Bourdain

Something to food about

Something to food about

Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs

Author :Questlove

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"[The author] gets to the heart of the matter." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Rice, Noodle, Fish

Rice, Noodle, Fish

Deep Travels Through Japan's Food Culture

Author :Matt Goulding

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"The world needs [this book]." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time

Author :Donald Ray Pollock

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"[The author] was a revelation when I first read [this book]." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

How to Live

How to Live

Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Author :Sarah Bakewell

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"A book I love." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Thrown

Thrown

Author :Kerry Howley

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"An absolutely wonderful exploration of the poorly understood sport of MMA." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Between Meals

Between Meals

Author :A. Liebling

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"[The author's] memoir of meals in Paris before and after the war, and it’s fantastic." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Dancing Bear

Dancing Bear

Author :James Crumley

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Anthony Bourdain tweeted about this book. [Source]

Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch

The Restored Text

Author :William S. Burroughs

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"Filthy, dangerous, depraved groundbreaking. And funny as Hell." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Author :George Higgins

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"The best, most realistic crime novel ever. Best dialogue in a crime novel ever." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Novel

Author :Marlon James

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"Incredible." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Prune

Prune

Author :Gabrielle Hamilton

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"A fucking masterpiece." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Total Chaos

Total Chaos

The Story of the Stooges

Author :Jeff Gold

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"[This book] is everything." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Agents of Innocence

Agents of Innocence

A Novel

Author :David Ignatius

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"Very, very good." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

The Quiet American

The Quiet American

Author :Graham Greene

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"I re-read it frequently. Particularly when visiting Vietnam." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Crash

Crash

Author :J. G. Ballard

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"Violent. Twisted. Hilarious and beautiful." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

The Man Who Lost the War

The Man Who Lost the War

Author :W. T. Tyler

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"I particularly like [this book]." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

You're Better Than Me

You're Better Than Me

A Memoir

Author :Bonnie McFarlane

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"Rejuvenating, excoriating genius." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Ripley's Game

Ripley's Game

Ripley, Book 3

Author :Patricia Highsmith

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"Elegant, deliciously immoral entry in series of sociopath as hero." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author :Kenneth Grahame

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"A classic I loved as a child." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

The Rogue's March

The Rogue's March

John Riley and the St. Patrick's Battalion, 1846-48 (The Warriors)

Author :Peter F. Stevens

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"I particularly like [this book]." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Eating Viet Nam

Eating Viet Nam

Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table

Author :Graham Holliday

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"This is—and will remain—an essential account for anyone considering travel to Vietnam." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

True Grit

True Grit

A Novel

Author :Charles Portis

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"A masterpiece." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

My Last Supper

My Last Supper

50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals / Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes

Author :Melanie Dunea

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"[The author] managed to convince a goodly number of the world's best, and best-known, chefs to let it all go." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing, Book 1

Author :Hunter S. Thompson

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"The book that probably influenced me more than any other." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano

A Novel

Author :Malcolm Lowry

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"One of the truly great books." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Adios, Motherfucker

Adios, Motherfucker

A Gentleman's Progress Through Rock and Roll

Author :Michael Ruffino

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Anthony Bourdain's answer to "what’s the last book that made you laugh?" [Source]

The White Album

The White Album

Essays

Author :Joan Didion

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"I wish I could write like [this author]." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Ways of Escape

Ways of Escape

Author :Graham Greene

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"A book I’ve read many times but keep coming back to." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

Essays

Essays

Author :George Orwell

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"The font of all wisdom. [The author] is right about nearly everything." - Anthony Bourdain [Source]

FAQs

Q1: What type of books did Anthony Bourdain recommend?

Anthony Bourdain recommended a wide variety of books in his blog and page titles. Many of them were non-fiction titles like ‘Kitchen Confidential’ by Anthony Bourdain, ‘ Appetite for Life’ by Anthony Bourdain, and ‘Medium Raw’ by Anthony Bourdain, as well as many other titles from classic authors like Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, and James Baldwin.

Yes, Anthony Bourdain recommended several fiction titles including ‘Shogun’ by James Clavell, ‘The Tin Drum’ by Günter Grass, ‘No Country for Old Men’ by Cormac McCarthy, and ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel García Márquez.

It is hard to give an exact number of books that Anthony Bourdain recommended, but he has a dedicated page on his website where he lists all of the books he’s recommended over the years along with a brief description for each one.

In addition to books, Anthony Bourdain also wrote about travel, food, and culture. He had a strong interest in exploring other cultures through the lens of food, and his blog and page titles offered an inspiring and thought-provoking look at the world.