Sam Sifton Sorta Helped a Pre-Fame Bourdain Get Famous

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Paula Deen can blame David Remnick for this guy. Photo: Getty Images

"I'd written a piece [about working in a restaurant kitchen] for the New York Press I figured I'd get 100 bucks and a shot at getting printed. But my editor there, Sam Sifton, couldn't get it in. Week after week, we kept getting bumped. Out of frustration and drunken rage, I sent it to the New Yorker. [...] A few weeks later, I get a call from [New Yorker editor] David Remnick saying, "We're going to print your article," and then it was overnight suddenly I had a book deal." Newly minted book-industry player Anthony Bourdain, explaining how fate (and Sam Sifton) kept him out of the newspaper and helped turn him into the man he is today. [LAT]