Anthony Bourdain's final episode of "Parts Unknown" aired on CNN this Sunday. The celebrity chef and world traveler died in June while filming the current season of the popular travel show.
For the episode, Bourdain visited the Lower East Side, where he spent time talking to former and current residents of the New York neighborhood about gentrification, music and art.
In the show, Bourdain invited Americans along with him on journeys that spanned from Vietnam to West Virginia. He encouraged his audience to travel widely with open hearts and open minds.
But he was always brutally honest, even with himself. In a March interview for "Wine Spectator," Bourdain reflected on how he wanted to be remembered after he was gone: "Maybe that I grew up a little. That I'm a dad, that I'm not a half-bad cook, that I can make a good coq au vin. That would be nice. And not such a bad bastard after all."
When I interviewed Bourdain in February for Money Magazine, it was his combination of practicality and poetry that stood out to me most. He stressed a simple approach to travel: Slow down and take the time learn the daily rhythms of other cultures. "Don't be afraid to just sit and watch. One of my great joys in places that I love, and have come to love, is to sit and watch daily life. You learn so much," he told me.