People Are Furious That An Unauthorized Anthony Bourdain Biography, Which Includes His Final Texts, Is Being Published

REACTIONS: An Unauthorized Anthony Bourdain Book Is Being Published

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Earlier this week, the New York Times published a story about an upcoming unauthorized biography about the life and death of beloved chef, writer, and world traveler Anthony Bourdain. And needless to say, the reaction to the book’s existence has been overwhelmingly negative considering that it apparently includes some of Bourdain’s private, and final, text messages to loved ones.

The book, Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain and written by journalist Charles Leerhsen, also included text messages that Bourdain sent to his ex-wife and then-partner Asia Argento. We will not be publishing the contents of those texts here out of respect to Bourdain. An unauthorized biography, by the way, is one published without approval and/or input from its subject.

“Every single thing he writes about relationships and interactions within our family as kids and as adults he fabricated or got totally wrong,” Bourdain’s brother Christopher said in an interview.

As the NYT reports, while “the book has already drawn fire from Mr. Bourdain’s family, former co-workers and closest friends,” it was approved by Bourdain’s ex-wife Ottavia Busia, who controls his estate and therefore was able to provide Bourdain’s phone and laptop to the writer.

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Fans of Anthony Bourdain are furious that an unauthorized biography with some of his final text messages is being published

Given the undeniably slimy nature of the book, fans of the late, great Anthony Bourdain understandably expressed some frustration at its publication.

If you do find yourself in the mood to reminisce about Bourdain’s life, watch the documentary Roadrunner, which actually does feature conversations with some of his closest friends and family.

And continue to Rest in Peace, Tony — you were and still are the best of us. We miss you.

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