Anthony Bourdain lived more than his fair share of lives before passing last year. As such, he became an inspiration for food-lovers, professional chefs, and travelers alike, many of whom regard his writing, television shows, and candid interviews as sacred text. On what would have been his 63rd birthday, Bourdain fans are sharing their favorite quotes, bits of advice, and clips from his outsized life to celebrate him.
Many fans shared Bourdain's constant advocacy for traveling as a means toward the end of becoming a better person.
"Travel changes you," he once said. "As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life and travel leave marks on you."
Bourdain also believed that a lot of good work could be done over a dinner table. He frequently said that eating other people's food alongside them was a great way to get started in knowing them better.
Other fans loved Bourdain for more specific reasons, like his sincere desire to see genuine ghouls like Henry Kissinger beaten to death.
Most importantly, Bourdain was a comrade who supported the purity and commitment to the cause that can be found at every Waffle House.