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Anthony Bourdain to helm his own line of books

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Culinary bad boy Anthony Bourdain is expanding his media empire even further. He has been given an eponymous imprint at Ecco, a division of HarperCollins. Ecco president and publisher Daniel Halpern calls the Kitchen Confidential author’s taste in books “remarkably eclectic,” and says that Bourdain has acted as an informal advisor to him for about 10 years, suggesting authors such as Ferran Adria and Fergus Henderson.

The book line will publish three to five titles a year, reflecting Bourdain’s vision. Recently, Bourdain was slammed for being “not charitable enough,” but now he’ll presumably be giving publishing opportunities to people other than himself. Are you looking forward to reading books from Bourdain’s menu? Hopefully, they’ll be easier to swallow than fermented shark.