One year after the untimely death of Anthony Bourdain, his close friends Jose Andres and Eric Ripert designated the late chef’s birthday Bourdain Day. This annual celebration, held on June 25th, remembers the chef, writer, and adventurer who inspired countless other to explore the diverse cultures of the world through food, art, and conversation. Whether you’re unfamiliar with Bourdain’s legacy or can’t get enough of the beloved icon, the Geek Girl Authority team invites you to celebrate Bourdain Day with us this year.

How to Celebrate Bourdain Day 2020

How does one celebrate Bourdain Day? If you’re a fan, you’re likely celebrating Tony’s legacy throughout the year. His influence goes beyond that of mere entertainment. For so many of us, Anthony Bourdain left a mark on our souls. We continue binge his television shows, reread his published works, and travel with the question “What would Tony do?” underlining our itinerary.

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In what would be his hauntingly tragic final monologue in his last completed episode of Parts Unknown, Bourdain says, “Who gets to tell the stories? This is a question asked often. The answer in this case, for better or worse, is I do – at least this time. I do my best. I look. I listen. But in the end, I know it’s my story, not Kamau’s, not Kenya’s, or Kenyan’s. Those stories are yet to be heard.”

The Stories Bourdain Wanted Us to Hear

What makes Bourdain Day special is the legacy he left behind. To celebrate the second anniversary of Bourdain Day, we encourage you to take your Bourdain fandom one step further. While we will continue to rewatch his shows and thumb through his books that we’ve all but memorized (at least, I have!), today we should honor him through the stories he wanted us to hear.

The following books were hand-selected by Bourdain personally for his HarperCollins publishing imprint “Anthony Bourdain Books”:

  • L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi
  • Prophets of Smoked Meat by Daniel Vaughn
  • Pain Don’t Hurt: Fighting Inside and Outside the Ring by Mark Miller
  • Grand Forks by Marilyn Hagerty
  • Stealing Green Mangoes: Two Brothers, Two Fates, One Indian Childhood by Sunil Dutta
  • You’re Better Than Me by Bonnie MacFarlane
  • They Call Me Supermensch by Shep Gordon
  • The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook by Danny Bowien
  • WD-50 by Wylie Dufresne
  • Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook by Jose Andres
  • We Fed An Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres
  • Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison – Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out by Jason Rezainan

Though not an official “Anthony Bourdain Books” selection, Tony was also a guest editor for The Best American Travel Writing 2008 in which he chose two dozen travel essays that “spoke the loudest and most powerfully” to him.

We’re lucky and eternally grateful that Anthony Bourdain shared his stories with us, but for Bourdain Day this year, we encourage you trust Tony’s judgement once more and allow other dynamic writers to change the way you view the world. Each of these stories impacted Bourdain so profoundly that he made sure they were shared us too.

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