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Bourdain Has No Reservations About New Book Line

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is no longer lending his name to just hit TV shows; now he’s also signing off on books.

According to this article by The New York Times, the popular chef, author, and TV host will acquire books for Ecco, which is part of HarperCollins. This doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be writing them, but he will assist in the overall process. The plan is for 3 to 5 Bourdain books to be produced annually.

It’s a deal similar to that which Chelsea Handler has with Grand Central Publishing.

In a press release, Bourdain says the books will be about food — obviously — but that’s not all.

We’re presently looking at an initial list composed of chefs, enthusiasts, fighters, musicians and dead essayists. And we’re looking to publish them in a way that’s both accessible and respectful of the power of the written word – and appropriately fetishistic about the tactile joys of the printed page.

Seems like a good move for Bourdain’s growing empire. But it’ll be interesting how the non-food-related books fare.

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