Bourdain definitely had a screen presence—a slender 6-foot-4, wavy gray hair, and tattooed torso. He exuded a self-confidence that he was willing to try most anything. A zest for making the most out of life. Perhaps because he had erased the demons of drugs and alcohol from his body.
I liked his honest and straightforward opinions. He was fresh and blunt. He didn't try curry favor. He was true to himself and his viewers. A mutual respect.
Bourdain was an excellent interviewer, never getting in the way of interviewee and allowing them to express their thoughts because he was also a listener and learner. He didn't seek out the rich and famous as he was comfortable with everyday folks. He had a sense of humor but it wasn't meanspirited toward others.
Although he bordered on being bold and brash at times, displaying what Southerners might refer to as a New York attitude, there was an empathy inside that revealed how much he cared about others.
And Bourdain allowed viewers to experience vicariously the pleasures of travel to various destinations, taste exotic foods and drinks, observe other cultures, and, in the process, bring the world closer together because of his humanity.
Here are a few remembrances and tributes about the 61-year-old chef, raconteur, and writer:
- The Best Writing in Memoriam of Anthony Bourdain
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- Bourdain recalling his "unhappy soul" in interview
- How Anthony Bourdain inspired the careers of so many
- Val Kilmer blasts Anthony Bourdain for "selfish" suicide
- Bourdain's mother says she never thought he'd die by suicide
- North Dakota Olive Garden Reviewer Recalls How Anthony Bourdain Saved Her From Scorn
- What Anthony Bourdain understood about authenticity
- 14 Things You Didn't Know About Anthony Bourdain
- NYC Chefs mourn Anthony Bourdain with touching tributes
- Anthony Bourdain's most memorable quotes
- CNN pays tribute to Anthony Bourdain by airing last three episodes of 'Parts Unknown'