Anthony Bourdain is a man of many talents and many curse words: For the past 30 years, he's been a successful chef, then author, and television host, traveling the world for his Travel Channel series, No Reservations, and eating at some of the most loved restaurants in the world (as well as its least-known food stalls and noodle stands). In short, for at least the past decade, he's held down everyone's dream job.
He's now preparing for the second leg of his national tour, Guts and Glory (tickets here), and will introduce a new weekend series on CNN this spring called Parts Unknown. His eight-season run at the Travel Channel came to what he called "inglorious" end earlier this month, after the network ran a Cadillac spot using footage from his latest show, The Layover, without the host's permission. Bourdain shared his distaste on Twitter ("When a #travelchannel exec runs over a hobo in a #Cadillac, I'm told they can barely tell! #goodsuspension"), and then explained his frustration on his personal Tumblr:
My inclination, I should point out has always been to do NO product integration of ANY kind. I do not have a merchandise line. I don't sell knives or apparel. Though I have been approached to endorse various products from liquor to airlines to automobiles to pharmaceuticals dozens of times, I have managed to resist the temptation. Though not quite a virgin, I have tried to remain fairly pure. To the extent I am known, I think I am known as a person who expresses his opinion freely about things-and I was sensitive to the possibility that if I was seen taking money for saying nice things about a product, my comments and choices and opinions would become, understandably, suspect. Did I really like this particular beer I was seen drinking on the show? Or had I simply been paid to say so?
Bourdain is now onto other things, which more or less still amounts to holding down everyone's dream job, and probably still cooking every now and then. He'll also continue adding to his library of books, which include the beloved bestsellers Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour, along with a three novels and a cookbook. Bourdain also writes for the HBO series Treme, and has his own publishing imprint with Harper Collins. He's here today to take your questions, which we're sure will range from family-friendly Thanksgiving cooking specifics to the more profane. Enter your questions below, he'll be here beginning at 12 p.m. ET.
Update, 1:20 p.m.: Tony's done. Thanks to him for his time and to you for your 2,000+ questions. A happy/boozy Thanksgiving to all.