Previously, Anthony Bourdain discussed his return to Beirut after having had to leave in the middle of filming to escape the war between Hezbollah and Israel. Today, he talks family dinner and the food that makes him get misty.
Nicole Dow: Who taught you to love food?
Anthony Bourdain: You either do or you don't. It's like appreciating music. I can't imagine anyone who is unmoved by beautiful music. Something you learn to love early, it resonates, not something I thought about. Whether or not it's important, it always was. I was aware of food from a pretty early age.
ND: Did you grow up eating dinner with your family, and do you continue that with your family now?
Bourdain: I did grow up in a very traditional – like "Mad Men,", that era of the family meal. We would go out to dinner in New York sometimes on weekends. To their credit, my parents went out of their way to change it up – Japanese, French, Chinese. These days I travel so much, my family travels with me sometimes. The family meal, when we are all in NY together, yes we eat together. It's all a rare joy for me. I like cooking for my family, and ordering in pizza is fun too.
My daughter, Ariane, she is very good in restaurants. She is three years old. Never cries, never makes a scene. She can be in a French brasserie, eat oysters, sit and enjoy herself
ND: What is the last meal you had that made you cry?
Bourdain: Every time I have that first bowl of pho' in Vietnam, I tear up a little.