Anthony Michael Bourdain (born June 25, 1956 in New York City) is an American author and executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles in New York City. His love of food began at a young age, during a trip to France with his family. He was on an oyster fisherman's boat and tried his first oyster; ever since, he has traveled the world in search of food good and bad, and has shared his results with a fascinated public.
Bourdain gained popularity from his New York Times bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Anthony Bourdain is somewhat of a legend in the working class of cooks. Kitchen Confidential exposes the darker side of the culinary world. Bourdain has written other books including Gone Bamboo, Bone in the Throat, Typhoid Mary (An Urban Historical), Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook, and A Cook's Tour which was made in conjunction with a TV series of the same name on the Food Network.
In July 2005, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations premiered on the Travel Channel. He is the executive chef at Les Halles, a French brasserie in New York City. He is a noted fan of chefs Eric Ripert, Scott Bryan, and Thomas Keller, while he has been critical of celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray.
Among his many epicurean exploits, Bourdain is famous for consuming lamb testicles in North Africa, ant eggs in Puebla, Mexico, and a whole cobra — beating heart, blood, bile and meat — in Vietnam. On September 19, 2005, a sitcom adaptation of Kitchen Confidential premiered on the FOX Network. The character Jack Bourdain is based loosely on the biography and persona of Anthony Bourdain.
Kitchen Confidential|Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, ISBN 158234082X
Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal, ISBN 1582341400
Gone Bamboo, ISBN 1582341036
Bone in the Throat, ISBN 1582341028
Typhoid Mary (An Urban Historical), ISBN 1582341338
Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook, ISBN 158234180X
The Bobby Gold Stories, ISBN 1582342334
The Nasty Bits, ISBN 1582344515
'Kitchen Confidential' sounds like a good place to start..