I was — am — a huge Anthony Bourdain fan. I have all his books, and I’ve seen every episode of all his shows.
As detailed in “Roadrunner,” a new documentary helmed by Morgan Neville, Bourdain shot to stardom almost overnight. He went from working in a hot and crowded kitchen one day, to being a New York Times bestselling author traveling the world the next.
I first read Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” in a hospital room. It was February 2001, just about six months after Bourdain’s book was first published. It was the week of my twenty-first birthday, but I was in an ICU in my hometown. One of my dearest friends was succumbing to a long and tortuous battle with leukemia.
Her brother, father, and I had the night shift at the hospital. We were subsisting on cafeteria coffee, inappropriate dad jokes, and anything we could read that would keep us awake. Someone brought a