By Jordan Weissmann @Slate
波登在 2000 年出版了自傳<廚房機密檔案：烹飪深處的探險> (Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly)介紹自己成爲主廚的經歷，一躍成爲暢銷書作家。他也以旅遊美食節目<波登不設限> (Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations) 成爲了著名電視主持人。他的說故事能力和不帶預設立場 (經由食物) 去介紹異國文化的手法受到了廣泛好評。
本文作者 Jordan Weissmann 以 <廚房機密檔案> 內，波登在人生中不斷犯下各種錯誤 (有些還頗爲嚴重)，但後來還能創造成功的生涯爲例，告訴我們，承認自己的錯誤、並且從錯誤中重建出更好的自己，這事永遠不會太晚。
That willingness to reflect, and recognize his own warts for what they were, is a big part of the reason why so many women have been mourning the loss of a feminist ally since the news of his suicide this morning.
“It is one of the central ironies of my career that as soon as I got off heroin, things started getting really bad,” he wrote of his low point. “Stabilized on methadone, I became nearly unemployable by polite society: a shiftless, untrustworthy coke-sniffer, sneak thief and corner-cutting hack, toiling in obscurity in the culinary backwaters.”
也介紹了波登終於主廚之後，本來以爲人生再無追求，但在他強迫自己克服對長時間飛行的焦慮之後，他發現自己愛上了旅行，這時他還不知道自己下半生會在旅行中度過 (當時他已 43 歲):
But after getting over his anxiety about the 14-hour flight, he makes the trip and finds himself intoxicated with a new city. Knowing that Bourdain would go on to become one of the world’s most beloved travelers, it’s hard not to laugh at the irony and unintentional foreshadowing alive in the chapter.
Fundamentally, he made a career being honest about his past mistakes—albeit maybe while embellishing some of the drama—while staying open to whatever lay ahead. Kitchen Confidential is a story about a guy who learned how to evolve with life, enough so that he could be honest about the book’s own flaws.