For a lot of us adventurous foodies and nomads, Anthony Bourdain quotes are words to live by. He travels, he eats, he drinks, and he does whatever the hell else he wants, whenever he wants.
I watch reruns of No Reservations the way a toddler sits through the same movie 20 times in a row. The show is a drug for travel-junkies. You watch it; you get excited; your adrenaline starts pumping. … You feed off that inexorable lure to traverse the unknown and somehow, you manage to work through hundreds of painful, double-shifts waitressing until finally, you’ve got enough money in your pockets to ditch everything you know and dive into everything you don’t know. Aghhh, the thrill of it all.
From brilliant books to witty banter on his numerous hit shows, Anthony Bourdain has a talent for expression. Here are some of his words of wisdom to inspire you.
16 of Our Favorite Anthony Bourdain Quotes
- “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
- “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”
- “Few things are more beautiful to me than a bunch of thuggish, heavily tattooed line cooks moving around each other like ballerinas on a busy Saturday night. Seeing two guys who’d just as soon cut each other’s throats in their off hours moving in unison with grace and ease can be as uplifting as any chemical stimulant or organized religion.”
- “I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying to push people to allow those things to happen rather than stick to some rigid itinerary.”
- “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as wide as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
- “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”
- “We are, after all, citizens of the world — a world filled with bacteria, some friendly, some not so friendly. Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonald’s?”
- “I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure.”
- “To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.”
- “For their own good, vegetarians should never be allowed near fine beers and ales. It will only make them loud and belligerent, and they lack the physical strength and aggressive nature to back up any drunken assertions.”
- “Everyone should be encouraged at every turn to develop their own modest yet unique repertoire—to find a few dishes they love and practice at preparing them until they are proud of the result. To either respect in this way their own past—or express through cooking their dreams for the future. Every citizen would thus have their own specialty. Why can we not do this? There is no reason in the world. Let us then go forward. With vigor.”
- “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.”
- “Garlic is divine. Few food items can taste so many distinct ways, handled correctly. Misuse of garlic is a crime…Please, treat your garlic with respect…Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screw-top jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don’t deserve to eat garlic.”
- “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.”
- “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”
- “Don’t touch my dick, don’t touch my knife.”
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