Back in September, when it was announced that Anthony Bourdain, star of No Reservations and all-around culinary luminary, was getting his own line of books at Harper-Collins' Ecco, it surprised people in both the food world and in the publishing industry. Today, though, Ecco revealed the first books the new imprint will publish -- and the picks go a long way towards silencing any critics.
The biggest name in the bunch is Roy Choi, a former Food & Wine Best New Chef, of LA's Kogi, Chego and A-Frame. He'll be releasing a memoir-slash-cookbook called Spaghetti Junction: Riding Shotgun with an L.A. Chef.
The other two authors aren't as high-profile, but their offerings are arguably even more in Bourdain's macho style than Choi's. Daniel Vaughn will present Prophets of Smoked Meat, a guide to Texas barbecue legends. And kickboxer Mark Miller will add a memoir, Fight Shark, to the mix.
Cooking, shotguns, smoked meat and kickboxing... as a writer, Anthony Bourdain may not quite be Ernest Hemingway, but he's sure aiming for The Sun Also Rises as an editor!