Anthony Bourdain Quotes

Last updated: July 8th, 2020

your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Luck is not a business model.

You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.

Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.

Skills can be taught. A character you either have or you don’t have.

I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.

I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.

I’m not afraid to look like an idiot.

If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it’s the restaurant business.

Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.

Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.

Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.

Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.

The way you make an omelet reveals your character.

Anyone who’s a chef, who loves food, ultimately knows that all that matters is: ‘Is it good? Does it give pleasure?

Plans should be ephemeral, so be prepared to move away from them.

It’s very rarely a good career move to have a conscience.

Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.

Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.

I’m not going anywhere. I hope. It’s been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things got lost. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?

An egg in anything makes it better.

Without new ideas success can become stale.

Don’t touch my dick, don’t touch my knife.

Cream rises. Excellence does have its rewards.

I’m very type-A, and many things in my life are about control and domination, but eating should be a submissive experience, where you let down your guard and enjoy the ride.

I was a journeyman chef of middling abilities. Whatever authority I have as a commenter on this world comes from the sheer weight of 28 years in the business. I kicked around for 28 years and came out the other end alive and able to form a sentence.

Sometimes the greatest meals on vacations are the ones you find when Plan A falls through.

I’m never a reliable narrator, unbiased, or objective.

My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.

Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.

I do my very best to avoid shark fin.

Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.

I don’t snack. I don’t generally eat sweets or drink soda. I never eat between meals or even before big ones.

I’m very proud of the Rome episode of ‘No Reservations’ because it violated all the conventional wisdom about making television. You’re never, ever supposed to do a food or travel show in black and white.

As I see it, fast food outfits have targeted small children with their advertising in a very effective way. You know, it’s clowns and kid’s toys and bright colors and things like that.

What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?

In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful.

My brain and body and nervous system, they see a plane ride, a long plane trip, as an opportunity to sleep with nothing coming in, nothing to do. I just go offline the minute I’m on the plane.

Sometimes the greatest meals on vacations are the ones you find when Plan A falls through.

I’m never a reliable narrator, unbiased, or objective.

I just do the best I can and write something interesting, to tell stories in an interesting way, and move forward from there.

I do my very best to avoid shark fin.

Being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon, completely self-indulgent.

I can unload my opinion on anybody at anytime.

I wish I could play bass like Larry Graham or Bootsy Collins. My God, I’d give up just about everything else for that.

And now to sleep, to dream. . . perchance to fart.

For me, the cooking life has been a long love affair, with moments both sublime and ridiculous.

You have to be romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.

There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

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