Anthony Bourdain Biography to Be Released in Fall 2019

‘Bourdain: The Oral Biography’ will be edited by Laurie Woolever

Anthony Bourdain's authorized biography is in the works at Ecco Press.

The food world is still reeling from the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain. In the wake of his passing, numerous tributes have popped up for the TV personality, chef, and author, including an impromptu memorial Les Halles in New York and a proposed food trail in New Jersey. Soon, though, Bourdain will get the ultimate tribute: an oral biography.

According to a tweet by The Austin Cookbook author Paula Forbes, Ecco Press, an imprint of HarperCollins is prepping for the release of Bourdain: The Oral Biography. The authorized book will be edited by Laurie Woolever, Bourdain’s gatekeeper and co-author of his 2016 cookbook Appetites. The book will feature “an authorized portrait of the writer, veteran chef and television traveler, built from stories shared by those who knew him best.” It’s due for release in fall 2019.

“After working with and collaborating with Tony since 2004, I’m honored to now be working with his estate, and talking to the people who knew him best, in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe,” Woolever said in a statement.

According to Ecco president and publisher Daniel Halpern, “This book is meant to be a celebration of an extraordinary man, as remembered by many people around the world who knew him along the way of his all too brief journey.”

Bourdain died on June 8 at the age of 61 by suicide. Though he left this world too soon, his impact on the food world is immense.