"THE THEMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS: PASSION, FOOD AND VIOLENCE": THE BOBBY GOLD STORIES, INSCRIBED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN
BOURDAIN, Anthony. The Bobby Gold Stories. (New York): Bloomsbury, (2003). Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket. $750.
First American edition, issued soon after the first English edition, of Bourdain's critically-praised novel about a lovable gangster—"a Manhattan tale with Elmore Leonard flavor"—inscribed on the title page by him, "To A— Anthony Bourdain."
In Bobby Gold Stories, his first book following Kitchen Confidential (2000), and third novel after Bone in the Throat (1995) and Gone Bamboo (1997), Bourdain whipped up "a Manhattan tale with Elmore Leonard flavor: the bad guys are a little good, the good guys are a little bad, and everybody's a little funny" (New York Times). "With the same explosive energy and irreverent humor with which he described the behind-the-scenes affairs of the restaurant industry… Bourdain revisits some of the themes that made him famous: passion, food and violence." Here Bourdain, who died in 2018, "tells the story of Bobby Gold, probably the world's most unlikely gangster… Readers will once again be delighted by Bourdain's charming, rugged sensibility, like a modern-day Damon Runyon" (Publishers Weekly). Preferred first American edition; preceded by the 2002 first English edition. With "First U.S. edition 2003" on copyright page.
A fine copy.