New Bourdain Travel Book; Megxit Gooses Sales?

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Bourdain Travel Guide Coming This Fall

This fall, Ecco will publish the book Anthony Bourdain was working on when he died: World Travel: An Irreverent Guide will be “a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words.” Supplementing the text are essays from friends and family, as well as contributions from Woolever and illustrations from Tony Millionaire (who did the cover, above). People has more, as does Ecco, but I heard about it first from food writer Daniela Galarza on Twitter. (Not a cookbook, but cookbook adjacent.)


Markle Cookbook Sales Spike?

Annoy the idiots, buy the cookbook”: Meghan Markle fans are rallying people to buy her charity cookbook to combat bad press in the face of Megxit. (If you don’t know what Megxit is, here’s an explainer.) The Duchess (?) wrote the foreword to Together: Our Community Cookbook [Clarkson Potter 2018], a collection of recipes from immigrant families affected by London’s Grenfell Tower fire. Harper’s speculates this has goosed book sales; I don’t have access to those numbers but Together is currently ranked #1 in Middle Eastern Cooking, #2 in Celebrity Cookbooks, and #157 overall on Amazon. So, maybe?


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