Jiu Jitsu champ, storyteller about New York City’s “good ol’ days,” and eater of really weird sh*t, Anthony Bourdain is without a rival when it comes to celebrity personalities in the food world. The man seamlessly goes from dining with Queens of the Stone Age to enjoying Vietnamese street food with our Commander and Chief. While Bourdain might not hold the top prize for eating dishes that most of the Western world would never consider, none of his contemporaries would likely revel in the experience of being confronted by Libyan militia members while on assignment in the way that Bourdain does. The guy is all about finding adventure — especially when it comes to eating.
Bourdain’s enthusiasm for exploring the unknown via his taste buds is contagious. You help can’t feeling at least a little braver about trying some little-known dish after watching one of his shows. Hopefully, these Anthony Bourdain lines will come to mind next time you’re faced with devouring something that is a total mystery to you.
“Good food and good eating are about risk.”
Food, like life, rewards the risk takers with the grandest stories. Though something may sound disgusting, take solace in knowing that others are enjoying it and jump in. Even the worst tasting food only remains a truly sour experience for a moment or two, and at least you can say that you tried something new.