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Anthony Bourdain Is Writing a New Cookbook: 'Appetites'

His "home cooking, home entertaining" book is slated for a fall 2016 release.

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After teasing for months on Instagram, world traveler Anthony Bourdain is writing a new cookbook, Eater can exclusively report. Published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins, Appetites will be a home cooking and entertaining focused book from a man who describes himself in the announcement below as "a psychotic, anally retentive, bad-tempered Ina Garten." Expect recipes for "dishes that everyone should (at least in Mr. Bourdain's opinion) know how to cook" and "effective battle plan[s] that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency."

Spanning recipes from both his extensive travels and his home life, Appetites will be Bourdain's first cookbook in 10 years. His longtime lieutenant Laurie Woolever is co-authoring, Bobby Fisher is on board to photograph, and the as-yet-unrevealed cover is by legendary cartoonist Ralph Steadman, best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson. The book is slated for a fall 2016 publication.

Below, the full announcement:

Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is excited to announce that we have acquired APPETITES, the first cookbook in ten years from celebrity chef and culinary adventurer Anthony Bourdain. The book is currently scheduled to be released in fall 2016. Daniel Halpern, President and Publisher of Ecco, negotiated the deal with Kim Witherspoon of Inkwell Management. Bourdain is co-authoring APPETITES with Laurie Woolever.

Anthony Bourdain is man of many appetites. And for many years, first as a chef, later as a world traveling chronicler of food and culture, 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 boils down 40 plus years of professional cooking and world traveling 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 come to embrace with enthusiasm. After years of traveling over 200 days a year, he has come to enjoy 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. Personal favorites from home and from his travels, translated into an effective battle plan that will help you terrify your guests with your breathtaking efficiency. It is only fitting that the cover of this family friendly classic is by Ralph Steadman. Which should give you an idea of what's inside. Lavishly and provocatively photographed by Bobby Fisher, APPETITES looks to take the cookbook to the edge of the cliff--and over.

A bonus pull out poster depicts and deconstructs the tectonic and structural aspects of the perfect hamburger with text by Nathan Myhrvold. An instant collectible, it is intended to hang on every kitchen wall, a rebuke and reminder to those who would attempt anything less than excellence in burgerdom."