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Mourning Anthony Bourdain

By Geoff Rynex ·

By now you've heard the sad news of Anthony Bourdain's passing. The man did more than anyone to show the world the positive impact that simply sitting down to a meal and a few drinks with someone can have on your life, and that ethos has had no small influence on this publication over the years. 

Bourdain was the ur-humanist of the hospitality world during a time when the public's interest in food media exploded, along with chef egos everywhere. It's not a stretch to say that the UrbanDaddys, Thrillists, Eaters and Grub Streets of the world may never have existed (let alone survived) without his trailblazing, accessible approach to talking about eating. Dating back to Kitchen Confidential, through No Reservations and Parts Unknown, Bourdain went to great lengths to show us that traveling and dining should be and are about a hell of a lot more than taste buds and Instagram. Now, when every day can seem like a dark one to be a humanist at all, it's important to appreciate what we had in Bourdain and the lessons he's left us with. So all we'd like to do today is share some thoughts and memories.

Hadley Tomicki on Bourdain, holy teller of the truth at all costs

Sam Eichner on measuring his travels against the Bourdain standard

Ilana Dadras's 2016 interview, in which Bourdain helped us understand why we cringe every time we type "artisanal."

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