According to Eater, the will book be edited by Laurie Woolever, Bourdain's longtime assistant and co-author of the late chef's cookbook Appetites. The forthcoming biography will be published with permission of Bourdain's estate.
In a statement, Woolever said: “After working with and collaborating with Tony since 2004, I’m honored to now be working with his estate, and talking to the people who knew him best, in order to share the story of a life that influenced so many people, in so many ways, all across the globe.”
Bourdain died of suicide at a hotel in France on June 8 at the age of 61. Bourdain rose from the depths of obscurity as a line cook and eventually found imminent success as a chef, author, and television host, most notably crisscrossing the world on CNN's Parts Unknown. His landmark essay on the depravity and squalor of a life in the restaurant business, published in the New Yorker in 1999, birthed his promising literary career. Bourdain later published his memoir Kitchen Confidential, A Cook's Tour, and other books, but it might just be the wisdom he imparted about the power of travel that remains the most salient part of his legacy.