June 25: Anthony Bourdain

anthony_bourdain Anthony Bourdain, one of the most influential and entertaining personalities in the world of food was born on this day in 1956.

Bourdain has built a reputation as a prickly, often snarky but highly knowledgeable and adventurous world traveling chef. He first came to prominence with the 2000 release of his book Kitchen Confidential, in which he detailed his experiences working in restaurant kitchens and reveals what happens behind the scenes during the average dining experience. Since then, he’s hosted numerous travel programs that take him to destinations both well known and exotic, where he explores local foods and cultures. Of course, Bourdain loves profanity almost as much as he loves a good meal, so his programs are probably the only travel programs to carry viewer discretion advisiories.

Although Bourdain may come off to some as a sarcastic “chef with an attitude,” he maintains a deep respect for locals and their traditions. He’ll even eat unwashed warthog rectum with Namibians, because even though he thinks that’s one of the worst meals he’s ever had, it would be rude to not eat the food his Namibian hosts provided him with. Really, the best assessment I’ve ever heard about Bourdain is that “he makes you want to be a better asshole.”

Conveniently, Bourdain has actually gone on record as to what his favorite drink is. In an interview with Forbes, Bourdain revealed that he is a fan of the classic cocktail The Negroni. Amusingly, Bourdain claims he hates all three ingredients (gin, Campari and sweet vermouth), but he loves it when the three are mixed together. It’s a sharp drink with bitter notes, so it’s not for everyone; but it’s perfect for Bourdain.

The Negroni

  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Pour everything into a short rocks glass with ice. Give it a few quick stirs and garnish with an orange peel.

Tomorrow: The most unusual baseball game ever played.

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