Civilization began arguably when people began cooking meat. It required cooperation between cavemen. Up until that point there really was no cooperation.
I want to talk about the perception of a shift in your identity. You’ve been branded in this very rock and roll way, but you’ve spoken about how having a child has changed that, you don’t wear your earring anymore — how much of that is superficial and how much of that is meaningful?
I was very careful, I asked specifically, I insisted on the last book, that I wear a conservative suit. I wanted to be depicted as an old guy in a suit. A correction was needed. It’s 11 years later after Kitchen Confidential. The world has changed, I’ve changed. I have the luxury of getting paid to be myself, so I don’t have to be any nicer necessarily. People expect me to be honest. I’m not out doing Jäger shots until four in the morning with the strangers anymore. I’m a dad, there are people I care about; that’s more important than anything else. You can’t be cool and be a dad.
Anything else you want to add that I didn’t ask you about?
If I have one major heartbreak about Boston, it’s that we weren’t able to afford “Roadrunner” by the Modern Lovers as theme music — I’m a big fan.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN AND ERIC RIPERT ARE AT SYMPHONY HALL MARCH 4.
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