I’m a writer and editor, and for nearly a decade, worked as the lieutenant to the late author, TV host and producer Anthony Bourdain.
I’ve written for the New York Times, Vogue, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach (RIP), Saveur, Bloomberg, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and others. In 1996, I earned my bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, after which I moved to New York, dicked around for a few years, then completed the professional training program at the French Culinary Institute, where chef Pascal Béric gave the single best piece of advice I’ve ever received: “Don’t freak out! Freaking out is not gonna help.”
I’ve been a private cook, nanny, caterer, writer, busgirl, recipe tester, farm hand, public speaker, video store clerk, and an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator. In 2016, Ecco (an imprint of HarperCollins) published Appetites: A Cookbook, which I co-authored with Anthony Bourdain. Our second collaboration, World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, was published by Ecco in April 2021, and entered the New York Times bestseller list at #1. In September 2021, Ecco published Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography, which has debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #7.
I co-host a food-focused podcast, Carbface for Radio, with affable shit-stirrer Chris Thornton. I live and work in New York City and expect that I always will.
Author website: lauriewoolever.com
Books in order of publication:
Appetites: A Cookbook – 2016
World Travel: An Irreverent Guide – 2021
Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography – 2021