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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,840 ratings  ·  269 reviews
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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published April 20th 2021 by Ecco
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Jessica He did. This book is mostly written by his long-time assistant.
Knitter This is a guide - gives the description and his viewpoints, then the address and phone numbers of the places he loved to eat at in numerous countries/…moreThis is a guide - gives the description and his viewpoints, then the address and phone numbers of the places he loved to eat at in numerous countries/cities around the world. I'm finding it very interesting!(less)

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Andrew Smith
I’ve long been a fan of Anthony Bourdain: ten years ago or more I read, and loved, Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour and ever since I’ve voraciously chased down episodes of his television shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown. In these shows he travels the world, meets people, explores the area and eats and drinks his way through just about anything can think of. I was so obsessed with these programmes that I even tracked down a food shack he visited in one of his episodes. After watch ...more
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3 ☆

World Travel was exactly as the GR summary had described. In accordance with the title, 43 nations had been selected from all corners of the globe, with the exception of Antarctica whose residents do not in any way cater to the tourist trade. But Bourdain had indeed made a memorable show there featuring the scientists, and I recommend looking up that episode.

Bourdain had ended his world perambulations with his suicide in 2018. Nonetheless, this book sounded like him because his main insights
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021, arc, non-fiction
This is not written by Anthony Bourdain but by his assistant Laurie Woolever. It mainly consists of Anthony's quotes about particular places and information about restaurants, hotels he visited in that place joined together by information on how to get there. Occasionally there are short essays from Bourdain's family, friends and collaborators.

Is this the book for me? Well no, it is not. I do not read travel guides. Why did I choose to read it, well because I love Bourdain's shows and wanted som
Anthony Bourdain's show "No Reservations" and his other shows featured his irreverent humor and his biting observations. Though Bourdain has taken another path in his journey, many of us can still hear his voice. This book, which was in progress before his untimely demise, attempts to harness that voice to a sort of rambling travel guide. At best, this book offers us readers quotes from Bourdain's voice overs. Itlso offers a kind of travelogue and sometimes interviews with fortunate or unfortuna ...more
As a fan of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and a lover of travel, I was excited and a bit confused to see a new Anthony Bourdain book set to come out three years after his untimely death. My assumption was this was a project he'd had half done - maybe a first draft submitted or something like that - and subsequently some clean-up work was required prior to turning it into a posthumously released book. Sadly, this was not the case.

As Bourdain's assistant Laurie Woolov
Messy Nessie
May 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
I don't think Anthony Bourdains name should have been attached to this project at all. It felt like the writer wanted to release the book rather than create a piece of work that would make Bourdain proud. It was formulaic. Quote, brief & surface level explanation of quote, and then airport info followed by 1 or 2 restaurants. She could have taken the time to really understand how those trips went, the interactions on his travels, how he felt, what he left behind when he left these places. This w ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
World Travel
By Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was an icon who saw different cultures and parts of the world through the food that binds us together as humanity. His voice and style with the auspiciousness of understanding the world in which we live, is written so beautifully in this book.

This travel guide is a collection of his favorite places that he has visited and is a wonderful read especially now that an escape read is part of what keeps our sanity intact. I enjoy the deep dive into the
Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reviews for this book have been polarizing. Bourdain was a memoirist and storyteller, so people expected (understandably) that this would be another memoir style book, full of stories and compelling prose, about Tony's travels. It very much is not that, and many people are disappointed. Apparently Tony was supposed to supplement the book with essays, but he died before he wrote them. There are lots of personal reflections, and some fantastic quotes, but still nothing resembling storytelling.

Caitie Kajganic
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5* the book is gorgeous, going to have to add it to my coffee table collection
Niklas Pivic
This is a puzzle book of sorts. It’s mainly built on an idea that Bourdain and Woolever—the latter of who is a writer and editor who’s written Appetites with Bourdain and spent a decade assisting him—had where they would collate Bourdain’s experiences as a travelling eater in his TV shows into book form.

It was never my intention to be a reporter, a critic, an advocate. It was also never my intention to provide audiences with “everything” they needed to know about a place—or even a balanced or co
May 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
Look, I know everyone misses the great Anthony Bourdain, his death was a shock to us all, and he’s influenced an untold number of people in how and why they travel…all good things…

…and I really, really wanted to like this book, and looked forward to having it motivate me to plan a post-COVID trip, but I was sorely disappointed.

From the intro, we learn that it was conceived while Bourdain was still alive back in March 2017, and it’s admirable that his “lieutenant” Laurie Woolever wanted to comple
Jun 04, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

As a travel guide, this book is good. There is a lot of practical information that is presented in a clear and helpful manner. However, it is admittedly lacking the Bourdain flare. Primarily written by Laurie Woolever based on clips from Bourdain's various shows and essays by those who worked and traveled with Tony, there are definitely pieces of him in the book, but it was a let down based on what I expected from reading his prior books. I appreciate that they gave him credit for this
May 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
Just skimmed this. Quite a disappointment in that just a few sentences per page are truly the words of Anthony Bourdain. It is such a shallow take on many countries of the world. It’s a terrible travel guide unless you’re going to skip around the world spending a few days in each country. It doesn’t draw you a rich enough picture of any country to make you want to go. The highlight was the essay by the woman who was the guide around South Korea. Her story was all I will remember about this cash ...more
Helen Regan
May 29, 2021 rated it did not like it
This is a collection of quotes from Bourdain's shows supplemented with airport information, what hotels he stayed in and a smattering of original writings from some of the people he worked with on his shows. It's a very disappointing book. I can't believe how brazen the co-author Laurie Woolever is - the Bourdain text is taken straight from his shows and not from her interviews as she claims in the Introduction! There is more value to be gained from just watching reruns of Parts Unknown or No Re ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it did not like it
Well, I didn't really read it; I just skimmed parts.
But it isn't really a book, it's a collection of restaurant reviews linked by airport info.
It's the bare bones info for a future book, thrown together after his death.
My only pleasure was the fact that this was a library copy and I hadn't wasted my money.
May 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
I did not finish this book. The advertising for the book was completely misleading and I regret having purchased it. Anthony Bourdain had nothing to do with the writing of this book. There had been a one hour discussion prior to his death of the possibility of creating a travel guide based on his favorite places. It never got beyond that one hour conversation . Instead, this is a compilation of quotes from Bourdain‘s shows. You would be far better off catching those reruns and hear Bourdain’s vo ...more
May 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Well, what a piece of crap! Not by Bourdain but kinda stitched together from tv programs, hearsay and post-it notes and narrated by his assistant who in each city takes a break to let his brother or someone narrate with a lot of "F*ck this!, F*ck that! and other oh so with it curse words to (I guess) make us think he's channeling AB and trying to justify the "Irreverent" in the title. I agonized through Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Sydney, and Vienna and found out how much a cab ride from the airpor ...more
May 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
Just not the same without the man himself. I gave it several chapters but I couldn’t finish.
Alan Cooper
May 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
I found this book to be a waste of time. It is basically just a collection of quotes complemented by meaningless travel information.
Apr 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
Saying that this book was written by Anthony Bourdain is a complete stretch of the truth. Based on the books introduction he had one meeting with Laurie Woolever about the writing of this book before he passed away. This book is nothing more that quotes from AB's several shows, mixed in with a few personal accounts by friends and colleagues of his, and then Laurie's writing to tie it all together. Although I appreciate the effort on Ms. Woolever's part to see Bourdain's vision for this book come ...more
Ricardo Pérez
Apr 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was not actually written by Anthony Bourdain. Apparently there was a discussion between him and his assistant about writing a travel book, but Bourdain committed suicide before anything else was discussed. The book was then put together by Laurie Woolever (Bourdain’s personal assistant) incorporating random Bourdain quotes from the show “No Reservations”, and a little snippets about the cities, restaurants and sites he visited while filming. In all honesty, this is (at best) a companio ...more
Zahara Schara
Apr 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
I knew this would be different after Anthony Bourdain‘s tragic death, there was no way it would be the same however I was left heartbroken by this book. For the man who claim to be certain of nothing and used travel as a way to show the entire world just how little we knew, he was reduced to a travel how to guide. Well there are small snippets of his own words the general soul and voice that we came to love is gone.
I’m sure his assistant who wrote this book meant well but I believe it’s a case
Leslie Nipkow
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
As a devoted Bourdain fan, I was excited to read Ms. Woolever's compilation. My expectations were probably misplaced, because World Travel is more like a world travel guidebook for Bourdain devotees, and quite difficult to follow in galley form. I will use this book as a source when looking for an adventure abroad or even close to home, a reminder of high points in Mr. Bourdain's journey, and who wouldn't want to pop in and follow AB's footsteps if in the vicinity? I'm personally grateful for Ms ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a big fan of the late and great Anthony Bourdain, this book was a great way to reminisce about his favorite locations and plan new travels. Sadly, it was not the book it was initially intended to be due to his death. Most of his words are from other sources. But it's great to see them compiled and his recommendations all in one spot. The added bonus of essays by people who knew him well is a great tribute to him and shares stories of his travels behind-the-scenes. I recommend this book to any ...more
reading is my hustle
this book offers the chance to experience the world much as Anthony Bourdain did. it's also an ode of sorts to his open mind & sincere curiosity about the people of this world. the short vignettes highlight countries he visited & include practical advice about traveling + enjoying a good meal. there are also essays written by anthony’s friends, family, & colleagues. sadly, he was unable to see this book through to the end but with the help of others & his longtime assistant it was finished. ...more
This is a difficult book for me to review, and an even more difficult book to rate.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard about Anthony Bourdain's passing. I was on a bus, riding through downtown Portland on my way to work, scrolling through social media when I was alerted by - something. It shook me to my core. Bourdain seemed forever to me, in a David Bowie sort of way, someone who would always be around. His death, and the manner of it, gutted me and has stuck with me throughout the yea
Trevor Seigler
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was devastated when Tony Bourdain took his own life in June 2018; I had been a fan of his work for over a decade, having come across a marathon of "No Reservations" on the Travel Channel in 2007 or 2006 and becoming hooked on his snarky, take-no-prisoners, but still surprisingly warm style. I'd followed him to CNN and "Parts Unknown," where he arguably matured beyond "the guy who goes to places to eat stuff" to a more serious reporter on what kind of state the world was in and what people in c ...more
Jack Hrkach
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to Anthony Bourdain rather late, though by now I've seen several of his Parts Unknown Series. This book is due more to Tony's collaborator Lauri e Woolever. And it's a labor of love. She quotes Bourdain extensively, fills in with her own sharp assessments, and has recruited several people who were touched by the master in different ways to contribute brief essays. His brother writes two of them. So there's an interesting mix of voices for your reading pleasure.

All told 45 countries, some
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Posthumously published in 2021. Compiled by Laurie Woolever, food writer and assistant to Bourdain for years. Quotes are taken from Bourdain's various TV shows to showcase some of the infamous world traveler's favorite places. Woolever encouraged the help of some of those who knew Tony intimately such as his brother Chris, journalist and food writer Bill Buford, Jen Agg who is chef and owner of the now closed Black Hoof in Toronto, who gave Tony his first taste of a bone luge, and No Reservation ...more
Sarmat Chowdhury
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*Arc provided by publisher to Barnes & Noble*

It’s definitely weird to be reading a travel guide (even an irreverent one) during one of the the worst global pandemics, and yet, being one coming from Anthony Bourdain himself (posthumously after one interview to plan the book with his co-author, and excerpts of his provided from previous books, shows, and analysis and highlights from close family and friends that were familiar with the cities/countries chosen for the guide) - it is a refreshing ta
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Anthony Bourdain was the author of the novels Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour.

His work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he was a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He was the host of the popular Emmy and Peabody Award winning television show Parts Unknown.

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