World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide


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Anthony Bourdain's incredible life is hard to sum up in one book, but this is a great place to start. From Argentina to Australia to Tokyo to Tangier, read about the culinary legend's favorite places in his own words and inimitable voice.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062802767
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 05/28/2024
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 2,970
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, the memoir A Cook’s Tour, and the New York Times bestsellers Kitchen ConfidentialMedium Raw, and Appetites. His work appeared in the New York Times and The New Yorker. He was the host of the popular television shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown. Bourdain died in June 2018.

Laurie Woolever is a writer and editor. She spent nearly a decade assisting Anthony Bourdain, with whom she coauthored the cookbook Appetites and World Travel. She’s written about food and travel for the New York Times, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and others, and has worked as an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1956

Date of Death:

June 8, 2018

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Kaysersberg-Vignoble, Haut-Rhin, France


High school diploma, Dwight Englewood School, 1973; A.O.S. degree, The Culinary Institute of America, 1978

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Argentina 7

Buenos Aires 7

Australia 13

Melbourne 13

Sydney 16

Austria 23

Vienna 23

Bhutan 29

Brazil 29

Salvador 35

Cambodia 39

Angkor Wat 43

Kampot and Kep 43

Canada 45

Montréal & Québec 45

Toronto 50

Vancouver 58

China 63

Hong Kong 63

Shanghai 68

Sichuan Province 73

Croatia 79

Cuba 85

Finland 93

France 97

Chamonix (French Alps) 97

Lyon 100

Marseille 108

Paris 110

Ghana 121

Accra 121

India 125

Mumbai: Eating on the Street 125

Punjab 128

Rajasthan 132

Ireland 137

Dublin 137

Israel 141

Jerusalem 141

Italy 145

Naples 145

Rome 149

Sardinia 157

Japan 163

Osaka: City of Excess 163

Tokyo 167

Kenya 175

Laos 181

Lebanon 187

Macau 191

Malaysia 197

Borneo Adventure: Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Iban Longhouse on the Skrang River 197

Penang 202

Mexico 205

Mexico City 206

Oaxaca 211

Morocco 215

Tangier 215

Mozambique 221

Myanmar 227

Nigeria 233

Lagos 233

Oman 239

Peru 247

Lima 247

Cusco and Machu Picchu 250

Philippines 253

Manila 253

Portugal 259

Lisbon 260

Porto 261

Singapore 265

South Korea 275

Seoul 275

Spain 283

Barcelona 283

San Sebastián 286

Sri Lanka 291

Taiwan 299

Tanzania 305

Trinidad and Tobago 311

United Kingdom 317

London, England 317

Edinburgh, Scotland (Pronounced "Edinburrah," Please) 322

Glasgow, Scotland 324

United States of America 327

Los Angeles, California 327

Miami, Florida 335

Atlanta, Georgia 338

Chicago, Illinois 344

New Orleans, Louisiana 354

Provincetown, Massachusetts 359

Detroit, Michigan 362

Livingston, Montana 367

New Jersey 371

New York City 378

Portland, Oregon 394

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 398

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 402

Charleston, South Carolina 405

Austin, Texas 410

Seattle, Washington 413

West Virginia 418

Uruguay 423

Montevideo 425

Garzón 426

Vietnam 435

Central Vietnam: Hoi an and Hue 435

Hanoi 438

Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City 441

Appendix: Film References 447

Acknowledgments 451

Cited Quotes 453

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