The work of the acclaimed chef and writer, who has died at 61, provides a model for a truly inclusive urbanism based on the creativity of all human beings.
At the APHG reading last week, it felt as if everyone was in shock and mourning Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I felt so amazingly thick, but I was dying to ask "who?" Judging by everyone’s reaction, I think I’m the only geographer who has never watched any of his shows and was feeling the shame. I quickly checked out Parts Unknown (on Netflix) and the appeal of his work was immediately evident; it is more about place than it is strictly about the food. Food is simply his portal into understanding the people, culture, and politics of a given place. Some say that his approach brings an anti-colonial flair to urbanism and travel, but as I’m a newbie to his work, I’m just going to start appreciating it now as we mourn his loss.