On June 8, 2018, the world lost a culinary icon, respectful explorer and inspiring human. Anthony Bourdain will be remembered as an opinionated, brave and innovative public figure. He was sardonic and the very definition of cool. But it might surprise some to know he didn’t consider himself a great chef. He was a prolific writer, including writing a handful of crime novels, though he didn’t consider himself good at that either.
While we respectfully disagree on both of those points, there’s no denying Bourdain’s main contribution to America’s culinary landscape was through the connections he made with people across the globe, using food as the international language. Between his books and his TV shows and in countless interviews, he made us laugh, he made us cry — but most of all, he inspired us to see the world through other people’s food and through other people’s eyes.
Ahead, you’ll find some of our favorite Anthony Bourdain quotes to keep the inspiration going.
A version of this article was originally published June 2019.