Candid Anthony Bourdain’s Childhood Photos Before He Became the Most Influential Chef in the World




“I have the best job in the world. If I’m unhappy, it’s a failure of imagination.”

Born on June 25, 1956, in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Anthony Bourdain knew he’d be a chef while vacationing on the coast on France with his parents as a boy. A local fisherman offered him an oyster fresh from the sea; he ate it, and “That was it, man,” Bourdain said in an interview. “That was it.”
In 2012, Bourdain wrote an essay about his father for Bon Appétit and shared a collection of his childhood photographs. “My father was, as he liked to say, ‘a man of simple needs.’ He grew up with a French mother, a French name, speaking French, and spent many summers in France. But this history wasn’t really a factor in my childhood. It always came as a shock to me when he’d break into French with a Haitian cabdriver as there was, seemingly, nothing ‘French’ about him, or us, or how we lived.
He taught me early that the value of a dish is the pleasure it brings you; where you are sitting when you eat it—and who you are eating it with—are what really matter. Perhaps the most important life lesson he passed on was: Don’t be a snob. It’s something I will always at least aspire to—something that has allowed me to travel this world and eat all it has to offer without fear or prejudice. To experience joy, my father taught me, one has to leave oneself open to it.”
Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide by his friend Éric Ripert on June 8, 2018, in his hotel room in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France. He was working on an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown in Strasbourg, France.
CNN confirmed the death of their colleague, while adding, “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.”















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National Pizza Day A Great Excuse To Order Pizza

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February 9th is National Pizza Day or National Pizza Pie Day.  I can’t think of a better kind of food to celebrate!  Order your favourite pizza and then check out these intriguing pictures of neon pizza signs.

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Gust Half Beer-Pizza sign, 1987, Glendive, Montana

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Lorenzo’s Pizza sign on South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1980

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Tony’s Pizza statue. 1985, Margolies, John, photographer
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Tower of Pizza, vertical view, Route 22, Green Brook, New Jersey , 1978
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The building is the art: Two Boots Pizza, Downtown LA, Los Angeles, California, 2012. Carol Higsmith.

Liked these National Pizza Day neon signs?  Check out these neon signs from Hollywood’s golden era.

17 Old Photos of People Eating Ice Cream Pictures & Classic Ice Cream Truck

Farm boys eating ice-cream cones. Washington, Indiana

These old eating ice cream pictures and photos of the classic ice cream truck will have you smacking your lips!

The ice cream girl

Eating ice cream pictures, 1913

Eating German ice cream
Eating German ice cream, 1930
Ice cream social, Blackduck, Minnesota
Eating ice cream picture: Ice cream social, Blackduck, Minnesota, 1937
Fussell-Young Ice Cream Co., trucks
Classic ice cream truck, the Fussell-Young Ice Cream Co., trucks, 1921
Syracuse ice cream vendor, New York
Syracuse ice cream vendor, New York, 1941
Ice cream advertising near Berlin, Connecticut
Ice cream advertising near Berlin, Connecticut, 1939
Harvey Isaac’s Ice cream parlor & trolley station, Chapman Beach, Conn., 1910
Classic ice cream truck, the Reid Ice Cream Co. truck, probably in Washington, D.C., 1919
["Soda jerk" passing ice cream soda between two soda fountains
Eating ice cream pictures: Soda jerk” passing ice cream soda between two soda fountains, 1936

Washington, D.C. Good Humor ice cream truck
Classic ice cream truck, Washington, D.C. Good Humor truck, 1942
Semmes Motor Co. Fussel Ice Cream truck, [1926] En
Semmes Motor Co. Fussel Ice Cream truck, [1926]
Women selling ice cream to parade watchers, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1938
Women selling ice cream to parade watchers, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1938
Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland. A welder eating ice cream, 1943
Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland. A welder eating ice cream, 1943
Farm boys eating ice-cream cones. Washington, Indiana
Farm boys eating ice-cream cones. Washington, Indiana, 1941

Model of ice cream cone in front of candy store, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Model of ice cream cone in front of candy store, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 1937