Anthony Bourdain Says Chefs Are Crazy for a Good Reason

"I was a very neurotic, very unhappy kid."
"I was a very neurotic, very unhappy kid." Photo: Ecco

“Some chefs borrow money, they do everything they can, they kill themselves, it’s the culmination of a career working 100 hours a week or more. They finally open a place and within eight minutes of opening, some asshole has posted on Yelp, ‘Worst meal ever.’ You can understand why they go insane, and do everything they can to ameliorate that. But this is the world we live in now. And if nothing else, it’s a more democratic one. The wave is going to break on the beach no matter what you do.” —In a new, 10,000-word Kindle Singles interview, Bourdain weighs in on everything from dismembering Boy Scouts to the post-food-critic landscape of food criticism. [Amazon]