Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into a 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.
Woolever paints a vivid picture of eventually brainstorming the book on a single day...in March 2018, sitting in a cloud of smoke at Bourdain’s dining room table ... It’s this feeling of being in the room with Bourdain that makes World Travel: An Irreverent Guide so tantalizing ... the fact is, World Travel is the closest you’ll ever get to hearing from Bourdain again. It’s wonderful to have him in your head when you walk into, say, Horumonyaki Dojo for all the barbecued organ meats in Osaka, which he calls the city of excess and the true culinary heart of Japan ... at a time when traveling abroad continues to feel like a fairy tale, thumbing through a book of recommendations that may or may not be outdated by the time you get through customs is still a bit like consuming a novel before a trip. It colors in the edges of a place and leaves you to discover what’s there for yourself, guided by a knowing voice.
The late Bourdain (1956–2018) was a celebrity chef and world-traveling TV star, whose personality is reflected in this charming book, cowritten by Woolever, his assistant ... The book is full of irresistible illustrations, including the cover ... An exhilarating and worthwhile choice for those planning an actual trip and for stay-at-home travelers.
[A] refreshingly unique travel guide that thoughtfully fleshes out Bourdain’s desired intentions with supplementary essays from his peers and loved ones ... The book makes it abundantly clear when we’re reading Bourdain’s voice, stylized in a bold blue font — a thoughtful distinction but perhaps a redundant one as well ... While we often credit Bourdain for his ability to translate the intangible allures of food to the page, this new, geographically oriented compendium also cherry-picks some of his favorite non-gastronomical sites and occasions ... a joyous yet painful reminder of what Bourdain gave the world: an infectious hunger to learn more and eat well.