According to cookbook author Paula Forbes, Ecco Books will publish Bourdain: The Oral Biography in the fall of 2019. Laurie Woolever, Bourdain’s assistant and frequent collaborator, is apparently on board to edit the book. Woolever co-wrote Bourdain’s last book, Appetites. Per Forbes’ tweet, the book is “an authorized portrait of the writer, veteran chef and television traveler, built from stories shared by those who knew him best.”
Woolever seemed to confirm that she is indeed working on the book. “I’m honored to now be working with his estate, and talking to the people who knew him best, in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe,” she said, according to Eater.
Since his death, Bourdain’s friends in the restaurant industry have spoken out about his influence both professionally and in their personal lives: Eric Ripert called him a “great storyteller,” while José Andrés wrote that Bourdain would “always travel with me.” No doubt this book will be full of those voices, as well as some that we haven’t heard yet, who admired, loved, cooked, partied, and traveled with Bourdain. Though there still isn’t much detail yet on what the book will include, it’s probably safe to expect tales from Bourdain’s many adventures and late-night trips for food that would have otherwise remained secret.
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In the weeks following his death, it’s become even clearer how deeply Bourdain connected with his colleagues and the public at large. Not only did a memorial for Bourdain pop-up in front of the now-closed French restaurant Les Halles, where he once served as executive chef, but after public outcry, Netflix announced that it would not remove Parts Unknown from the streaming service after all, meaning that you can watch and experience all of Bourdain’s travels over and over, indefinitely.