Anthony Bourdain's death was a shock to the world. But after the tears, sobs, and tributes, many took time to reflect on the unique genius that was the multi-talented global legend.
As a TV host, correspondent, storyteller, and chef, Bourdain charmed many "foodies" with his effortless and brilliant flair.
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Full of adventure and wit, he could venture where none dared and leave you thrilled and looking forward to more.
Before Bourdain left us, he gave us two unforgettable cookbooks: Appetites: A Cookbook and Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook.
In addition to having precious nuggets of wisdom, these great literature pieces are also full of incredible wit.
To top it off, the recipes they contain are easy to reproduce in any kitchen.
But all things aside, there are a few dishes in these masterpieces that we cannot forget. In his honor, we will go through a few of them.
1. Macau-Style Pork Chop Sandwich
According to Bourdain, this is possibly the most delicious thing in Appetites. He was a straight shooter, so you can take that to the bank.
He hilariously explains how shooting the show's recipe was such an issue because the "models" were always getting eaten. So, Bourdain was right to describe this meal as amazingly delicious.
It consists of a crispy pork chop that comes with fluffy sandwich bread with some spicy chili.
2. Bodega Sandwiches
Lovers of comfort food, this is for you. Found in the Appetites, this magical dish will make you feel more at home in your own home.
3. Roasted Beets With Red Onion And Oranges
It's a simple dish, I know. But that was Bourdain's expertise: turning the simple into magically delicious.
With just some earthy beets, crunchy red onions, cider vinegar, and the oranges to offer some tarty citrus, this meal turned into the ultimate delicacy for many.
4. Mushroom Soup
This Les Halles favorite is simple, but Tony found a way to make it extra delicious. If you do it as he recommends, you will practically end up with magic in your soup bowl, and that's classic Tony.
Anthony Bourdain was a world-class chef, and his unique wit found him appreciation all around the world. But his wizardly in the kitchen was so unique that anyone could benefit from it, as these amazing recipes prove.
Here, let's end this fitting tribute to a wonderful influence with some words from a few of those whose lives he touched.
He writes for people that cook and the flavors are definitely not meek—they are strong, punchy, and opinionated, much like the legend himself.
The old saying goes, the people who give you their food give you their heart. And Tony? Well, he gave it all…
Without a doubt, in everything Bourdain did, he gave it his best. The world is better off for having known such a legend.