A new book sheds light on the life of Anthony Bourdain

Culture change

Author Laurie Woolever discusses the celebrity chef’s life, including some of his greatest accomplishments and most outrageous challenges.

In 2018, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain committed suicide. At that time, many people were shaken by the news. Bourdain was known for traveling the world with curiosity, sampling local cuisines, and engaging in serious discussions about the culture, history, and politics of the places he visited.

After his death, the leader, author and travel documentarian has been commemorated in many spaces. A new book “Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography” by Laurie Woolever attempts to shed light on Bourdain’s childhood and upbringing, his accomplishments, and the challenges he faced.

It was a form of family he was with for almost 30 years as a professional cook. – Laurie Woolever, author of “Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography”

Listen: How Anthony Bourdain came to influence the world of food.


Laurie Woolever is the author of the new book “Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography”. Woolever, who had known Anthony Bourdain for nearly a decade, says the celebrity chef was originally drawn to cooking because of the excitement, energy and camaraderie that surrounds the industry. “It was a form of family that he was with for nearly 30 years as a professional cook,” she says.

Reliable, accurate, up to date.

WDET strives to make our journalism accessible to everyone. As a public media institution, we maintain our journalistic integrity through the independent support of readers like you. If you value WDET as a source of news, music, and conversation, donate today.

Donate Today »

  • Your soundtrack to discovering the arts, culture, food, music and the latest local happenings worth your time in Metro Detroit.

    Show all articles

Angela C. Hale