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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Anthony Bourdain on food, body, experience, admiration, cooking, vegetarian, liquor, drinking, journey, inspiration, romance and cheese.

57 Best Quotes By Anthony Bourdain, The Celebrated American Chef

Quick Facts

Famous As: Chef, Author, T.V. Personality

Born On: June 25, 1956

Died On: June 8, 2018

Born In: New York City

Died At Age: 61

Anthony Michael Bourdain is an American professional chef, television personality and author, who has risen to prominence as a celebrity chef and is counted among the most distinguished figures in the world of culinary arts. After discontinuing his education at Vassar College, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Prior to that he had worked part time in some restaurants as from an early age he had been interested in becoming a chef. Bourdain is a former executive chef at the famous Brasserie Les Halles restaurant lo-cated in Manhattan, New York. However, he became particularly famous after he penned down the book ‘Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Kitchen Underbelly’ and followed it up with work such as ‘Nasty Bits’, ‘A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal’ and ‘No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach’ among others. Additionally, he has also carved a niche as a television personality with shows like ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations’ and ‘The Layover’. Anthony Bourdain is also a great orator and has expressed his thoughts on food, travel, kitchen, dining, humour, attitude and life on various platforms. We bring to you a collection of sayings and thoughts by Anthony Bourdain which have become popular quotes just like his cuisines.
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Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Anthony Bourdain

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

Anthony Bourdain

Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans ... are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.

Anthony Bourdain

No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.

Anthony Bourdain

Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have.

Anthony Bourdain

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

Anthony Bourdain

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.

Anthony Bourdain

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

Anthony Bourdain

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

Anthony Bourdain

To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.

Anthony Bourdain

Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic.

Anthony Bourdain

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

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There is no Final Resting Place of the Mind.

Anthony Bourdain

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

Anthony Bourdain

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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I lurched away from the table after a few hours feeling like Elvis in Vegas - fat, drugged, and completely out of it.

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The way you make an omelet reveals your character.

Anthony Bourdain

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.

Anthony Bourdain

Luck is not a business model.

Anthony Bourdain

I am in no way supportive of hunting for trophies or sport - would never do it and don't like it that others do. But if you kill it, then eat it, it's fine.

Anthony Bourdain

There’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar – even in this fake-ass Irish pub.

Anthony Bourdain

An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins.

Anthony Bourdain

Like I said before, your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

Anthony Bourdain

I, a product of the New Frontier and Great Society, honestly believed that the world pretty much owed me a living--all I had to do was wait around in order to live better than my parents.

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Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.

Anthony Bourdain

Only desperation can account for what the Chinese do in the name of 'medicine.' That's something you might remind your New Age friends who've gone gaga over 'holistic medicine' and 'alternative Chinese cures.

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Food had power. It could inspire, astonish, shock, excite, delight and impress. It had the power to please me . . .

Anthony Bourdain

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

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Good food and good eating are about risk.

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Our movements through time and space seem somehow trivial compared to a heap of boiled meat in broth, the smell of saffron, garlic, fishbones and Pernod.

Anthony Bourdain

Without new ideas success can become stale.

Anthony Bourdain

I could eat bloody Elvis - if you put enough vinegar on him.

Anthony Bourdain

I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books.

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Writing anything is a treason of sorts.

Anthony Bourdain

My love for chaos, conspiracy and the dark side of human nature colors the behavior of my charges, most of whom are already living near the fringes of acceptable conduct.

Anthony Bourdain

Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.

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Only one in four has a chance at making it.... And right there, I knew that if one of us was getting off dope, and staying off dope, it was going to be me. I was going to live. I was the guy.

Anthony Bourdain

Under 'Reasons for Leaving Last Job', never give the real reason, unless it's money or ambition.

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Cream rises. Excellence does have its rewards.

Anthony Bourdain

He doesn't yearn for a better, different life than the one he has - because he knows he's got a home in this one.

Anthony Bourdain

...for the rest of my life- to resemble this one: both complex and strangely comforting.

Anthony Bourdain

Early moralists who believed that taking too much pleasure at the table led inexorably to bad character-or worse, to sex-were (in the best-case scenario, anyway) absolutely right.

Anthony Bourdain

Remember, brunch is only served once a week — on the weekends. Buzzword here, 'Brunch Menu'. Translation? 'Old, nasty odds and ends, and 12 dollars for two eggs with a free Bloody Mary'.

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

Anthony Bourdain

Perhaps omelet skills should be learned at the same time you learn to fuck.

Anthony Bourdain

My last semester at Vassar, I'd taken to wearing nunchakus in a strap-on holster and carrying around a samurai sword — that should tell you all you need to know.

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I Like this quote I dislike this quote“My house is run, essentially, by an adopted, fully clawed cat with a mean nature.

Anthony Bourdain

I'd been the culinary equivalent of the Flying Dutchman too long, living a half-life with no future in mind, just oozing from sensation to sensation.

Anthony Bourdain

I believe I should be able to treat my hamburger like food, not like infectious fucking medical waste.

Anthony Bourdain

Having a sous-chef with excellent cooking skills and a criminal mind is one of God's great gifts.

Anthony Bourdain

I've assembled a pretty good collection of mid-'70s New York punk classics on tape: Dead Boys, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Heartbreakers, Ramones, Television and so on,

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Just because someone you work with is a miserable, treacherous, self-serving, capricious and corrupt asshole shouldn't prevent you from enjoying their company, working with them or finding them entertaining.

Anthony Bourdain

This, I knew, was the magic I had until now been only dimly and spitefully aware of.

Anthony Bourdain

I learned to recognize failure.

Anthony Bourdain

And chicken is boring. Chefs see it as a menu item for people who don't know what they want to eat.

Anthony Bourdain

Global knives,

Anthony Bourdain