In Illustrious Career, Anthony Bourdain Highlighted L.A.’s Family-Run Restaurants

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Anthony Bourdain’s rough edges and uncensored way of looking at the world were irresistible to the many fans of his travel food shows, cookbooks and tell-all books on what life was really like in the kitchen.

As the host of “A Cook’s Tour” on Food Network, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel and 11 seasons of “Parts Unknown” on CNN, Bourdain brought viewers into his reality and into the homes and kitchens of people around the world. And he spent quite a bit of time in Los Angeles over the years.

“The Los Angeles I love is about the family-run restaurant,” said Bourdain in a recent episode of “Little Los Angeles,” his online miniseries that explored the many neighborhoods of Los Angeles. “This is one of the last major cities for that.”

Visiting the restaurants and bars Bourdain featured on his show and on his Instagram account became a sort of pilgrimage for fans. And it’s a particularly fitting way to honor him. Bourdain was found dead Friday in his hotel room in France, where he was working on an episode of “Parts Unknown.” CNN said he was found hanging in an apparent suicide.

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