Anthony Bourdain Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old anthony bourdain quotes, anthony bourdain sayings, and anthony bourdain proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


I've long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we're talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime associates, food, for me, has always been an adventure.     

Anthony Bourdain

Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food.     

Anthony Bourdain

There is no other place on earth even remotely like New Orleans. Don't even try to compare it to anywhere else.     

Anthony Bourdain

Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.     

Anthony Bourdain

We learn as professionals by repetition, by getting it wrong, getting yelled at and doing it again.     

Anthony Bourdain

Without Montreal, Canada would be hopeless.     

Anthony Bourdain

There is no final resting place of the mind.     

Anthony Bourdain

Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.     

Anthony Bourdain

A burger is something anyone can do, just follow the rules.     

Anthony Bourdain

Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have.     

Anthony Bourdain

When dealing with complex transportation issues, the best thing to do is pull up with a cold beer and let somebody else figure it out.     

Anthony Bourdain

Understand, when you eat meat, that something did die. You have an obligation to value it - not just the sirloin but also all those wonderful tough little bits.     

Anthony Bourdain

Tokyo would probably be the foreign city if I had to eat one city's food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way.     

Anthony Bourdain

Those places I don't understand, just doing bad food. It takes some doing. Making good pasta is so much easier than making bad stuff. It actually takes quite an effort to make poor linguine pomodora.     

Anthony Bourdain

You’d have a hard time finding anything better than Barcelona for food, as far as being a hub.     

Anthony Bourdain

I'm a control freak. If you're going to slap my name on something, I would like to control it.     

Anthony Bourdain

Nobody in Singapore drinks Singapore Slings. It's one of the first things you find out there. What you do in Singapore is eat. It's a really food-crazy culture, where all of this great food is available in a kind of hawker-stand environment.     

Anthony Bourdain

The way you make an omelet reveals your character.     

Anthony Bourdain

Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go.      

Anthony Bourdain

It’s beautiful here. They said that of course, that Budapest is beautiful. But it is in fact almost ludicrously beautiful.     

Anthony Bourdain

If there was such a thing as building porn, it would be this. Just looking out the window as your drive or trolley by you think, 'I want that. Who lives there? Who lived there? What's it like inside? And where did they go?'     

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Hong Kong is a wonderful, mixed-up town where you've got great food and adventure. First and foremost, it's a great place to experience China in a relatively accessible way.     

Anthony Bourdain

Very few restaurant workers could even dream of eating in the restaurants they work in. Many do not make a living wage.     

Anthony Bourdain

The days of predatory poets in search of literary inspiration and young flesh are probably over for good. Hippies can just as easily get their bong rips in Portland or Peoria. But the good stuff, the real good stuff, the sounds and smells and the look of Tangier, what you see and hear when you look out the window and take it all in, that's here to stay.     

Anthony Bourdain

I'm not looking to freak people out-eating rodents or bugs. I don't do that anymore     

Anthony Bourdain

I, personally, think there is a really danger of taking food too seriously. Food should be part of the bigger picture.     

Anthony Bourdain