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Celebrate Bourdain Day with a French Barbecue

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With his cooking, books, TV shows, and magnetic personality, chef Anthony Bourdain touched millions of people. His tragic suicide on June 8, 2018 stunned the world. At the time, Bourdain was at the top of his game. His TV shows were hits. He had kicked his bad drug habits years earlier. And he was madly in love with his girlfriend Asia Argento and his 11-year old daughter, Ariane. Why? Why would he end it all? We may never know. Just don’t dwell on it, say his friends, superstar chefs José Andrés and Eric Ripert. Instead, let’s celebrate Tony’s life.

Chefs Andrés and Ripert have established June 25, the birthday of Anthony Bourdain, as Bourdain Day. On this day, they ask us to raise a glass, toast Tony’s incredible life, and capture the moment on social media with the hashtag #bourdainday. In addition to Bourdain Day, Andrés and Ripert have also helped establish a scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America, Bourdain’s alma mater, that offers culinary students the opportunity to travel.

After Bourdain became famous with his breakout book, Kitchen Confidential, the chef steeped himself in traveling. He circumnavigated the globe in his TV shows, showing us how food connects people everywhere, regardless of politics, religion, and race. And while he loved cuisines from every little corner of earth, his soul was in France. One of his favorite restaurants was Paul Bocuse in Lyon. To celebrate Bourdain Day, we offer this simple French barbecue menu, including pissaladiere (the French take on pizza), duck confit, green beans, and French potato salad. Gather some friends and family, make these dishes, pair them with Burgundy wine, and toast the extraordinary life of Anthony Bourdain.

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Grilled Caramelized Onion Pizza, An Outdoor Twist On French Pissaladiere

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A French twist on traditional Italian pizza, the pissaladiere packs a ton of flavor in the form of caramelized onions, olives, garlic, anchovies, and herbs. Taking it one step further, this recipe for the classic pissaladiere (sans sauce and fromage) is cooked on the grill, rendering it perfectly crisp and smoky.
Grilling duck quarters

Melt In Your Mouth Duck Confit, The Sous-Vide-Que Method

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Clint Cantwell

This recipe takes duck confit to new heights by using the sous vide method for moistness and tenderness along with the grill for smokiness. Here, meaty duck legs are slow cooked in duck fat until fall apart tender before being finished on the grill until it is kissed with smoke and the skin is perfectly crisp.
green beans in a white dish

Make These Crunchy French-Style Green Beans Even The Kids Will Love

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Meathead

You've heard of French fries, well here are French beans, and they're just as good. Nothing fancy about this great recipe other than the taste. In France they use a variety of bean called haricots vert that is longer and thinner than the typical string bean grown in the US, but you can use plain fresh green beans.
warm French potato salad

This Warm French Potato Salad Has Got To Be The World’s Easiest Potato Salad Recipe

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Meathead

The warm French potato salad just might be the world's easiest potato salad. Olive oil, salt, and fresh herbs are all you really need. It's a snap to make and soooo good. Served warm, it is a sure-fire hit.

Grilled Caramelized Onion Pizza, An Outdoor Twist On French Pissaladiere

By:

Meathead

A French twist on traditional Italian pizza, the pissaladiere packs a ton of flavor in the form of caramelized onions, olives, garlic, anchovies, and herbs. Taking it one step further, this recipe for the classic pissaladiere (sans sauce and fromage) is cooked on the grill, rendering it perfectly crisp and smoky.

This Warm French Potato Salad Has Got To Be The World’s Easiest Potato Salad Recipe

By:

Meathead

The warm French potato salad just might be the world's easiest potato salad. Olive oil, salt, and fresh herbs are all you really need. It's a snap to make and soooo good. Served warm, it is a sure-fire hit.

Make These Crunchy French-Style Green Beans Even The Kids Will Love

By:

Meathead

You've heard of French fries, well here are French beans, and they're just as good. Nothing fancy about this great recipe other than the taste. In France they use a variety of bean called haricots vert that is longer and thinner than the typical string bean grown in the US, but you can use plain fresh green beans.

Melt In Your Mouth Duck Confit, The Sous-Vide-Que Method

By:

Clint Cantwell

This recipe takes duck confit to new heights by using the sous vide method for moistness and tenderness along with the grill for smokiness. Here, meaty duck legs are slow cooked in duck fat until fall apart tender before being finished on the grill until it is kissed with smoke and the skin is perfectly crisp.

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