American chef Anthony Bourdain has dedicated his life to exploring every corner of the planet and sharing his discoveries with the public, whether through TV shows or books. In 2017, he had the idea to write a travel guide in an unconventional format and enlisted the help of his longtime friend and editor Lori Woolever. However, Bourdain tragically took his own life at the age of 61 in June 2018, when the book was still just a project. Deciding to honor the memory of her late friend and chef, Woolever continued to work on the piece alone and published Around the World: An Irreverent Guidelaunched in Brazil in October 2021 by Editora Intrinseca.
Divided into 43 chapters, each about a country, the 464-page book is a journey around the world through the eyes of Bourdain. At the same time as he gives practical advice on destinations – nearest airports, how to get around and restaurant suggestions – the guide adds the most sincere and insightful observations of the irreverent chef. In order to be able to print Bourdain’s opinions even after his death, Woolever compiled a selection of phrases he said over the years in the TV shows “Places Unknown” (2013-2018), “Without Reservations” (2011-2012) and “Without Reservations” (2011-2012) Making a scale” (2011-2013).
In the chapter on Brazil, the host and writer does not spare praise savior and gave a very interesting explanation Acaraje da Dinhaconsidered the best acaraje in bahiaas well as a warning for those who are going to try for the first time:
“What is Akarahe? That’s it: pasta, dough, falafel-like dumplings of mashed cowpeas, seasoned with ground dried shrimp and onions, fried in palm oil mixed with chili peppers until crispy and golden. Inside is vatapa, a kind of shrimp paste, tomato salad and fried shrimp. Can’t be missed. (…) I love palm oil. But you need to get used to it. The first time I was here, it was like this: eat and shit non-stop for hours. But once you get used to it, no problem! I love.”
The pages of the book are also compiled from contributions from the host’s friends and family. This refers to an account written by his brother Christopher Bourdain who recounted a family trip to Paris when they were still children: “We got infected with the food bug, the travel bug, and there we realized that you can live with people from other countries, learn new things and enjoy the fact that you understand them better. That’s how it all started”, He speaks. Another testimonial comes from Nari Ke, production manager for the Sem Reservas program. According to her, Bourdain was instrumental in getting her to embrace her South Korean roots. “Before filming the Korean episode, I was a different person: I was ashamed and ashamed of being different. Today, if I had to point out what makes me a unique person, I would say, first of all, about my Korean origin.”reveals Kai.
Who was Anthony Bourdain?
Anthony Bourdain was born in New York in 1961, in the same city where he graduated from the renowned culinary school Culinary Institute of America. From there, he began organizing the cuisine of restaurants such as Sullivan’s, One Fifth Avenue, and Supper Club. In 1999, he gained notoriety when he published an article in the New Yorker titled “Don’t Eat Until You’ve Read This”, which became a book the following year. Confidential kitchen – an adventure in the depths of cooking, published in 2001 in Brazil. The work became a bestseller precisely because it revealed without gilding any pills behind the scenes of great restaurants in stories related to the mafia, drugs and drunkenness. The book’s success landed Bourdain a TV show called A Chef’s Journey on the Food Network. On the Travel Channel, he directed Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which won two Emmy awards. He made his CNN debut in 2013 on No Reservations, which ran for 11 seasons. The chef and host was found dead in a hotel room in France in 2018.
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