Homage to Anthony Bourdain

I woke to the horrific news that Anthony Bourdain had committed suicide. I referred to him as my “future ex-husband,” and he was certainly one of the biggest influences on my cooking. I am pretty heartbroken over this. My heart goes out to his family, particularly his daughter, and I hope his wild soul has found peace.


16 thoughts on “Homage to Anthony Bourdain

  1. This is just so sad and I’m shocked. I hadn’t heard the news until I saw your post. Thank you for sharing this, Vanessa. ❤ Hugs

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      1. It is a horrible loss and what you mentioned about fame and money being no guarantee is so true. Another blogger had mentioned on my one-year Chris Cornell post that he felt so hopeless when Chris took his life because he thought, “If Chris can’t beat depression, how can I?” It’s crazy when you think about it and how much it affects others-even those who you aren’t close with. No joke…it’s like a contagion.

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      2. I also found myself thinking about Chris Cornell this morning too. Like I said, I think most of us have been at that point where we thought about it. Even if it’s just a matter of wanting to escape thinking about something or someone specific, it’s understandable. But taking that step over the edge is so inevitable and the devastation it leaves behind is hard to even comprehend.

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  2. It’s definitely a tragedy. It just goes to show that you never can tell who is suffering! I wish more people would seek help instead of taking their own life… I couldn’t imagine getting to a point where I feel there is nothing I am leaving behind that is worth staying for. 😔😔

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    1. I’m totally with you. I know what it’s like to feel incredibly depressed and to even question if you can go on, but to actually be at that point is kind of incomprehensible. I think if people realize the effect they have on those they leave behind, they might reconsider. I was thinking about this earlier in the week when I heard about Kate Spade, that the fact of money and fame is no guarantee against sadness and depression and heartbreak. He has been a huge influence on my own cooking and writing, and I feel really depressed. Even though I didn’t know him personally, it does feel like a personal loss.

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      1. I loved his ‘Kitchen Confidential’. I wouldn’t say he has influenced my cooking but perhaps my food writing – his books are so down to earth and funny, and occasionally quite horrifying at the same time! I remember being shocked to my naïve core when he wrote about all the coke-heads running the kitchens in the New York restaurant world! I loved his ability to laugh at himself. Reading Kitchen Confidential was a definite voyage of discovery!

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      2. Yes, one of my favorite books overall. It was eye-opening to say the least. The part about eating fish on Monday kept me from eating fish on Mondays for years. 🙂 So sad. It goes to show that we never truly know the pain or darkness in anyone.


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