US chef and writer Anthony Bourdain has died at the age of 61 in a reported suicide while in France.
Bourdain was the author of many books, including the hugely successful 2001 cookery memoir Kitchen Confidential and the follow-up Medium Raw (both Bloomsbury), and in 2016, his cookbook Appetite (also Bloomsbury). He also published crime novels with Canongate, including Bone in the Throat and Gone Bamboo, and had a high-profile TV career.
Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle told The Bookseller: "We are all desperately sad to hear of Tony’s death. He was a wonderful, vibrant man, and a unique and marvellous writer. Kitchen Confidential, in particular, was a landmark publication for Bloomsbury - a book that changed the landscape of memoir and food writing and became an international bestseller. We will miss him hugely."
Canongate c.e.o. Jamie Byng said: "Tony and I met over 20 years ago in New York and I was struck immediately by his humour, warmth, swagger, beauty, vitality and wisdom. He became a very dear friend as well as one of the writers I most enjoyed publishing. I loved him and the shocking news of his suicide today I am still finding hard to believe. He was a wonderful writer, a man with such an infectious joie de vivre, and the idea that this remarkable spirit has been extinguished is an unbearable loss. A very sad and upsetting day.”
Waterstones cookery buyer Bea Carvalho told The Bookseller: "We are really saddened to hear about the death of Anthony Bourdain. His books have been perennially popular with our customers, and his influence on the way food and restaurants are written about cannot be underestimated. His voice will be greatly missed in the world of food writing."
Kitchen Confidential has sold approaching 180,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan's TCM, with Bourdain's titles between them totalling close to 344,500 copies.