Anthony Bourdain Joins 'Roads & Kingdoms', Brings 'Parts Unknown' to New Jersey

Anthony Bourdain brings his CNN show, Parts Unknown, to New Jersey
Anthony Bourdain brings his CNN show, Parts Unknown, to New Jersey

Everything that Anthony Bourdain does is for the sake of food. We first came to know him as a chef in 2000's Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly with its raw-knuckle tales of the Manhattan restaurant scene. Then it was for his culinary globetrotting for his Emmy-winning CNN show Parts Unknown. Now, he's investing in food, or at least a website about it – Roads & Kingdoms – and has been named as is its editor-at-large.

Though the Roads & Kingdoms site has existed since 2012, it was only last week that Bourdain was named to its editorial staff after becoming its initial outside investor. Reportedly, what Bourdain likes most about the site is that rather than publishing copious lists and menus (the scourge of most food websites), Roads & Kingdoms features passionate, long-form essays. Bourdain himself will start a new series for the site, "Dispatched," which will, like Parts Unknown, dig deep into the culture behind the food. As he already oversees his own publishing imprint through Ecco Press/HarperCollins, Bourdain also will release book-length works tied to Roads & Kingdoms.

Bourdain makes additional news on May 31 when Parts Unknown visits New Jersey – his home state – and does the unthinkable: names a Garden State cheesesteak the best he's ever eaten; this after having avoided the sandwich during his 2012 trip to Philadelphia, PA – known for its cheesesteaks – for his Travel Channel series, The Layover. The supposedly superior cheesesteak is served on a poppy Kaiser roll at Donkey's Place in Camden, NJ (1223 Haddon Avenue), and Bourdain calls it "sublime."

Oh, the humanity. Watch a clip here.

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Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015