Anthony Bourdain is adding another hyphenated job description to the list.
The quote-spouting bon vivant and all-around culinary luminary now has his own eponymous line of books published under the Ecco imprint for HarperCollins. Bourdain has basically been given carte blanche to choose, acquire, and release three to five books per year.
Anthony Bourdain made his own literary mark with tough-guy tales of culinary foot soldiers—often sordid and salacious, always heavily-testosteroned. In the Ecco press release, Bourdain describes his ambitions: We’re presently looking at an initial list composed of chefs, enthusiasts, fighters, musicians and dead essayists. And we’re looking to publish them in a way that’s both accessible and respectful of the power of the written word … in other words, more Hemingway than Betty Crocker.
Ecco has just announced the first three titles, and they are a predictably eclectic bunch.
There’s Spaghetti Junction: Riding Shotgun with an L.A. Chef, a ‘memoir-cum-cookbook’ from Roy Choi, a classically trained chef who’s considered the father of the modern food truck movement. Daniel Vaughn gives a guided tour through 450 Texas barbecue joints in Prophets of Smoked Meat. The third title, Fight Shark, is a curiously cerebral (and food-less) memoir from kickboxer Mark ‘Fightshark’ Miller. Miller covers his love for Bruce Lee and his 2011 return to the sport after open-heart surgery when he stepped into the ring and knocked out the Russian champion in the first 9 seconds.
A rebel chef, the ‘Yoda’ of barbecue, and a fighter with a legendary ‘lead pipe punch;’ at the very least HarperCollins will have one of the more interesting company Christmas parties around.