Anthony Bourdain’s Biography Will Be Coming Out Next Year

published Jun 28, 2018
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The world is still grieving the sudden and tragic death of Anthony Bourdain three weeks ago. He was an icon in the food world, and he inspired millions of people to think more about food, travel, and other people. Now it looks like there will be a new book about Anthony Bourdain coming out next year, and it’s described as an “oral biography” full of stories from the people closest to him.

Cookbook author Paula Forbes posted the news to Twitter. She writes that according to a deal announcement in Publishers Marketplace, the book is currently called Bourdain: The Oral Biography, and it is described as “an authorized portrait of the writer, veteran chef, and television traveler, built from stories shared by those who knew him best.”

The book will be edited by Laurie Woolever, Bourdain’s longtime assistant and collaborator. Woolever and Bourdain co-wrote his 2016 cookbook Appetites.

“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,” Woolever told Eater.

The book will be published by Ecco, the imprint of HarperCollins that published four of Bourdain’s books and, according to Bustle, has two more forthcoming. Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern was also a longtime friend of Bourdain’s. He helped launch Bourdain’s career when he paid $100,000 for the paperback rights to Kitchen Confidential after reading Bourdain’s essay in The New Yorker in 1999, and in 2011 he collaborated with the chef on his book imprint, called Anthony Bourdain Books, which was published through Ecco and included titles from Roy Choi, Marilyn Hagerty, José Andres, and Wylie Dufresne.

Anthony Bourdain: The Oral Biography is planned to be published in the fall of 2019.