Three weeks after the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain, the food world continues to mourn the loss of one of its biggest and brightest stars. Now, news comes that a Bourdain biography is on the way.
Described as “an authorized portrait of the writer, veteran chef and television traveler, built from stories shared by those who knew him best,” it will be published by Ecco in Fall 2019, per a tweet from cookbook author (and former Eater editor) Paula Forbes. Bourdain’s long-time assistant, Laurie Woolever, is editing the book. (Woolever also co-wrote his last cookbook, Appetites.)
Woolever says, “After working with and collaborating with Tony since 2004, I’m honored to now be working with his estate, and talking to the people who knew him best, in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe.”
The loss of Bourdain, who died by suicide at the age of 61, has spurred many in the food world to publicly discuss mental health and depression, including David Chang, who tackled the topic on a recent episode of his podcast. Following Bourdain’s death, an impromptu memorial cropped up outside Les Halles, the shuttered French restaurant in Manhattan where he formerly worked as a chef; the space recently changed hands, but the new owner has vowed to preserve the photos and notes left by fans.