Anthony Bourdain Reveals His 10 Favorite Books
- The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
"The best, most realistic crime novel ever. Best dialogue in a crime novel ever," Bourdain said.
- "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene
"Drama, romance, tragic history in SE Asia? I’m there! I re-read it frequently. Particularly when visiting Vietnam," Bourdain said.
- "The White Album: Essays" by Joan Didion
"I wish I could write like Joan Didion," Bourdain said
- "Essays" by George Orwell
"The font of all wisdom. Orwell is right about nearly everything," Bourdain said.
- "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S. Thompson
"The book that probably influenced me more than any other. A prose stylist and a personality who changed my life," Bourdain said.
- "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs
"Filthy, dangerous, depraved groundbreaking. And funny as Hell. Not an ideal role model, I grant you. But a writer I very much looked up to and wanted, for better or worse, to emulate," Bourdain said.
- "Between Meals: An Appetite For Paris" by A.J. Leibling
“‘Food writing’ at its very, very best. Never surpassed. What all writing about eating should be,” Bourdain said.
- "Ripley’s Game" by Patricia Highsmith
"Elegant, deliciously immoral entry in series of sociopath as hero. Basis for the Wim Wenders film, the American Friend," Bourdain said.
"Violent. Twisted. Hilarious and beautiful," Bourdain said.
- "True Grit" by Charles Portis
"The greatest female protagonist I’ve ever read. Portis is one of the most underrated under appreciated authors of the 20th century. Forget the film versions. Read the book. His book, ‘Dog Of The South,’ is also brilliant," Bourdain said.