In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain

In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain

by Tom Vitale (Author)

Anthony Bourdain's long time director and producer takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the insanity of filming television in some of the most volatile places in the world and what it was like to work with a legend.
In the nearly two years since Anthony Bourdain's death, no one else has come close to filling the void he left. His passion for and genuine curiosity about the people and cultures he visited made the world feel smaller and more connected. Despite his affable, confident, and trademark snarky TV persona, the real Tony was intensely private, deeply conflicted about his fame, and an enigma even to those close to him. Tony’s devoted crew knew him best, and no one else had a front-row seat for as long as his director and producer, Tom Vitale.

Over the course of more than a decade traveling together, Tony became a boss, a friend, a hero and, sometimes, a tormentor.In the Weeds takes readers behind the scenes to reveal not just the insanity that went into filming in some of the most far-flung and volatile parts of the world, but what Tony was like unedited and off-camera. From the outside, the job looked like an all-expenses-paid adventure to places like Borneo, Vietnam, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Libya. What happened off-camera was far more interesting than what made it to air. The more things went wrong, the better it was for the show. Fortunately, everything fell apart constantly.

In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain is a captivating and insightful memoir written by Tom Vitale, a renowned writer and producer who worked closely alongside the legendary culinary explorer Anthony Bourdain.

Through a series of poignant and engaging anecdotes, Vitale offers a unique glimpse into the life and career of Bourdain, unveiling his unwavering passion for food, travel, and connecting with diverse cultures. From their first encounter at a New York City restaurant to their extensive travels across the globe, Vitale paints a vivid picture of Bourdain's dedication to authenticity and his relentless pursuit of culinary excellence.

Readers embark on a culinary journey alongside Bourdain and Vitale, savoring the flavors of exotic dishes and learning about the people behind the scenes who made Bourdain's culinary adventures possible. From bustling kitchens to remote villages, the book delves into the fascinating stories of chefs, restaurateurs, and local experts who shared their knowledge and passion with Bourdain.

In the Weeds is not just a culinary memoir; it's an exploration of human connections, cultural diversity, and the transformative power of food. Vitale's writing captures Bourdain's infectious enthusiasm, his unwavering curiosity, and his deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the world.

Whether you're a fan of Anthony Bourdain, a food enthusiast, or simply someone who enjoys a good story, In the Weeds is an immersive and unforgettable read. Join Tom Vitale on this extraordinary journey as he unveils the hidden stories and behind-the-scenes moments that shaped the life and legacy of one of the most influential culinary figures of our time.


304 pages