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A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond.
In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.
Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Christopher; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.
For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.
Woolever, longtime cowriter with the late Bourdain (1956 2018), knits together an impressive food-obsessed travel guide based on her conversations with Bourdain. Flitting from Argentina to Bourdain's beloved Vietnam, the narrative captures Bourdain's appreciation of everything from Oaxacan sauces to New York City's Barney Greengrass restaurant ("If God made anything better, he kept it for himself") and the "awesomeness" of Hong Kong's night markets. Entries can be slim such as "Kenya," which consists of a dash of history and a quick nod to a restaurant in Kibera but the book's power comes from Bourdain's joyfully combative stances ("Once you've been to Cambodia, you'll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands"), unabashed enthusiasm, dense overlay of cinematic references, and world-weary advice ("Sardinia's the kind of place you better know somebody"). This gloriously messy miscellany of off-kilter observations and lightning-in-a-bottle insights will make one want to read, eat, and experience the world the way Bourdain did. Bourdain's fans will devour this.