Anthony Bourdain and LJ have history—sort of. Not really. The truth of the matter is that a former social sciences editor worked with him before his days as a best-selling writer and celebrity chef. I, in turn, became a huge fan of his late, great Food Network show A Cook’s Tour and met him at his BEA book signing for The Bobby Gold Stories (unfortunately, he wasn’t wearing his toilet-paper-thin Ramones tee). Finally, LJ‘s offices are only a few blocks from the restaurant that calls him its executive chef, Les Halles, on Park Avenue South (get the steak frites!).
Spotting his Bone in the Throat—the first of his many culinary-themed mystery novels—was a delight, then. I haven’t read it, I won’t read it, but so what? The man clutching it on the rocketing B train last Wednesday night after my yoga class was so into the story, I swear he was in the Little Italy the book conjurs.