I've sat in sushi bars, really fine ones, and I know how hard this guy worked, how proud he is. I know you don't need sauce. I know he doesn't even want you to pour sauce. And I've seen customers come in and do that, and I've seen him, as stoic as he tries to remain, I've seen him die a little inside.

- Anthony Bourdain

I wasn't that great a chef, and I don't think I'm that great a writer.

- Anthony Bourdain

I feel that if Jacques Pepin shows you how to make an omelet, the matter is pretty much settled. That's God talking.

- Anthony Bourdain

I'm evangelical on the subject of some chefs and writers.

- Anthony Bourdain

The notion that before you even set out to go to Thailand, you say, 'I'm not interested,' or you're unwilling to try things that people take so personally and are so proud of and so generous with, I don't understand that, and I think it's rude. You're at Grandma's house, you eat what Grandma serves you.

- Anthony Bourdain

The fact that over 50 per cent of the residents of Toronto are not from Canada, that is always a good thing, creatively, and for food especially. That is easily a city's biggest strength, and it is Toronto's unique strength.

- Anthony Bourdain

Big stuff and little: learning how to order breakfast in a country where I don't speak the language and haven't been before - that's really satisfying to me. I like that.

- Anthony Bourdain

I love New York. I'm a guy for whom a New York accent is a comforting thing.

- Anthony Bourdain

I'm not afraid to look like a big, hairy, smelly, foreign devil in Tokyo, though I do my best not to, I really do.

- Anthony Bourdain

I wish I could play bass like Larry Graham or Bootsy Collins. My God, I'd give up just about everything else for that.

- Anthony Bourdain