The world was stunned. Another bright star in the universe – who scoured the Earth just to bring us to places we might never go – has joined a constellation of icons who were gone too soon. Anthony Bourdain’s passing, just days apart from fashion darling Kate Spade's, left friends and fans utterly grief-stricken.
The merry and never weary Bourdain was more than a culinary gem: He was an advocate for marginalised communities; a vocal supporter of feminism and the #MeToo movement; and a firm defender of some of the food industry’s most exploited classes. He was also a father. “My face sunburned and blissed out with the joys of fatherhood,’ he once described his relationship with his daughter, Ariane.
Bourdain’s razor-sharp wit as well as his insatiable curiosity about the world rewrote the staid genres of food writing, though with him, it was never really just about the food – it was the cultural background and people that shaped it.
His indefatigable spirit for adventure, as well as his words – honest, compassionate and unvarnished – will stick with us always, “The value of a dish is the pleasure it brings you; where you are sitting when you eat it – and who you are eating it with – are what really matter. Don’t be a snob… and eat all it [the world] has to offer without fear or prejudice,” he wrote in a Father’s Day essay for Bon Appétit about his childhood and memories of his father. To borrow the words of Palestinian human rights attorney and activist Noura Erakat, “Rest in power”, Anthony Bourdain.
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