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About Laurie Woolever
I’m a writer and editor, and for nearly a decade, worked as the lieutenant to the late Anthony Bourdain. I’ve written for the New York Times, Vogue, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach (RIP), Saveur, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and more.
I’ve been a private cook, nanny, caterer, writer, busgirl, recipe tester, farm hand, public speaker, video store clerk, and an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator. In 2016, HarperCollins published Appetites: A Cookbook, which I co-authored with Anthony Bourdain; our second collaboration, World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, published in April 2021. Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography, will publish in October 2021.
I co-host a food-focused podcast, Carbface for Radio, with Chris Thornton. I live and work in New York City.
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An unprecedented behind-the-scenes view into the life of Anthony Bourdain from the people who knew him best
When Anthony Bourdain died in June 2018, fans around the globe came together to celebrate the life of an inimitable man who had dedicated his life to traveling nearly everywhere (and eating nearly everything), shedding light on the lives and stories of others. His impact was outsized and his legacy has only grown since his death.
Now, for the first time, we have been granted a look into Bourdain’s life through the stories and recollections of his closest friends and colleagues. Laurie Woolever, Bourdain’s longtime assistant and confidante, interviewed nearly a hundred of the people who shared Tony’s orbit—from members of his kitchen crews to his writing, publishing, and television partners, to his daughter and his closest friends—in order to piece together a remarkably full, vivid, and nuanced vision of Tony’s life and work.
From his childhood and teenage days, to his early years in New York, through the genesis of his game-changing memoir Kitchen Confidential to his emergence as a writing and television personality, and in the words of friends and colleagues including Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Nigella Lawson, and W. Kamau Bell, as well as family members including his brother and his late mother, we see the many sides of Tony—his motivations, his ambivalence, his vulnerability, his blind spots, and his brilliance.
Unparalleled in scope and deeply intimate in its execution, with a treasure trove of photos from Tony's life, Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography is a testament to the life of a remarkable man in the words of the people who shared his world.
A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond.
In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.
Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Christopher; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.
For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.
Written with the no-holds-barred ethos of his beloved series, No Reservations and Parts Unknown, the celebrity chef and culinary explorer’s first cookbook in more than ten years—a collection of recipes for the home cook.
Anthony Bourdain is a man of many appetites. And for many years, first as a chef, later as a world-traveling chronicler of food and culture on his CNN series Parts Unknown, he has made a profession of understanding the appetites of others. These days, however, if he’s cooking, it’s for family and friends.
Appetites, his first cookbook in more than ten years, boils down forty-plus years of professional cooking and globe-trotting to a tight repertoire of personal favorites—dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain’s opinion) know how to cook. Once the supposed "bad boy" of cooking, Mr. Bourdain has, in recent years, become the father of a little girl—a role he has embraced with enthusiasm. After years of traveling more than 200 days a year, he now enjoys entertaining at home. Years of prep lists and the hyper-organization necessary for a restaurant kitchen, however, have caused him, in his words, to have "morphed into a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten."
The result is a home-cooking, home-entertaining cookbook like no other, with personal favorites from his own kitchen and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency.
Descubra alguns dos lugares mais fascinantes do mundo pelos olhos e vivências do escritor, apresentador de TV e viajante de curiosidade implacável Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain conhecia o mun¬do como poucos. Suas viagens o levaram dos recônditos secretos de Nova York a casas comu¬nais de tribos em Bornéu; da vida cosmo¬polita em Buenos Aires, Paris e Xangai aos cenários de beleza extraordinária da Tan¬zânia e de solidão deslumbrante do deser¬to de Rub’ al-Khali, no Omã.
Em Volta ao mundo, esse vasto con¬junto de experiências é apresentado em forma de um guia de viagens divertido, prático e objetivo, oferecendo um gostinho dos lugares selecionados pela memória afetiva de Bourdain. Narrado por Laurie Woolever, colaboradora e amiga de longa data, o livro traz as declarações sempre irreveren¬tes do próprio, extraídas de suas milhares de horas de viagens gravadas em vídeo.
Com dicas preciosas de lugares onde comer e se hospedar — e, em alguns casos, a evitar — e de locomoção, o guia contex¬tualiza inúmeros locais que o apresentador considerava encantadores, memoráveis e fundamentais. E conta ainda com relatos de seus amigos, colegas de trabalho e fa-miliares — como os comentários irônicos de seu irmão, Christopher, sobre uma via¬gem de carro por Nova Jersey, um tour pe¬los melhores recintos baratos onde comer em Chicago, proposto pelo lendário pro¬dutor musical Steve Albini, e muito mais —, além de trazer as ilustrações de Wesley Allsbrook.
Para viajantes experientes, entusiastas que ainda não tiveram coragem de levantar do sofá e todos os perfis entre esses extre¬mos, Volta ao mundo é uma chance de vi¬venciar o melhor do planeta à moda do eterno Anthony Bourdain.