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The November update of the American National Biography features five new essays, including food writer and television star Anthony Bourdain; Roberta Johnson Dunbar, Rhode Island clubwoman and civil rights activist; long-time 60 Minutes reporter Morley Safer; crime novelist Mickey Spillane; Sidney Maurice Levyson, disability activist and writer (under the name Stanley Stein) who advocated on behalf of people suffering from Hansen’s disease.
Anthony Bourdain (1956–2018) was one of the most compelling and influential voices on food and cooking in any generation. His books, including Kitchen Confidential and A Cook’s Tour, and his TV shows, particularly No Reservations and Parts Unknown, were remarkable for their power to engage American audiences not only with stories about food but also with the lives and cultures of people around the world.