OK, I had to share this with all of you because I was so excited and none of my friends even know who he is. But most of you know he wrote "Kitchen Confidential and "A Cook's Tour."
Anyway, I work as a freelance writer and I mostly cover business and finance, but I do a little food writing on the side. My main client for this is a local paper called Buon Gusto, which covers food and wine in the Twin Cities. We're charming but small, only 6 times a year.
Anthony Bourdain is in Minneapolis for a few days to promote his new book, and he sent press releases to all the local foodie publications. My editor snagged an interview for me, and I met him this afternoon at the very upscale Whitney Hotel after spending the weekend reading parts of his books and watching a video of his tv show (I don't have cable).
He is tall--talltalltall if you are 5'2" and change. Huge hands. I had watched an episode of A Cook's Tour two hours before I met him, so it was a little unnerving to have the elevator open and this tv-familiar face steps out and says, "Jessica?" Not quite the corporate CFOs I usually talk to.
We shared a pot of coffee in the bar and talked for nearly an hour about food as an experience, about food as a way to understand a culture. If he thought my questions were trite or stupid, he never indicated as much--he was charming and gracious and a very good quote.
My article will not appear till April, but I think the editor will let me post it after it runs.