Thoughts by Anthony Bourdain:
Free time is my enemy. I recognized early on I’m not a guy who should have a lot of time to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. I need to stay busy… That’s just the nature of my demons.
I’ve been cooking for a nine-year-old and her friends for the better part of seven or eight years. It’s how I cook today, it’s what makes me happy. I tend to overcompensate for my long absences when I’m home by cooking and it’s therapeutic to me – it’s how I express love for my daughter. It felt good to do.
Really annoys me any time I see Asian fusion too. Asia is a big place; which Asian are you talking about? You notice it’s never Uzbek or Tajik food. It’s Thai, and it’s generally insulting.
I think there’s a tendency to over-jack and over-umami food these days.
A burger is something anyone can do, just follow the rules.
I love bacon, but I don’t think we need it on everything.
The ingredients of a hamburger seldom vary. It’s a percentage of fat to lean meat, add salt and prepare and that’s it. It shouldn’t need a recipe.
A good, stinky French cheese or a good Stilton. These are things I really, really love. Dessert I can obviously live without.
I do the meatball recipe a lot. I think the army stew probably too. It’s the most useful dish because it was born out of necessity and poverty and any idiot can make it in 20 minutes on a hot plate. It’s cheap and uses readily available commercial ingredients. And it’s delicious. It should be the great American dish – perfect late-night stoner dorm food for college kids on a budget.
My love of soft, runny cheese – it’s impossible to resist.
Whatever everyone else has asked you to do or never let you do, and let’s do that.
My family is very far from normal.