The pair enjoyed spaghetti and wine while watching a boxing match.
The single mom even introduced Bourdain to her two kids, Nicola and Ana, over dinner.
His latest book, "32 Yolks," is the story of how Ripert became Ripert, chronicling the lessons learned in childhood and early adulthood at home, at school and in restaurant kitchens.
The subtitle is dead-on: "From My Mother's Table to Working the Line."That Ripert loved food deeply and meaningfully from seemingly the very start of life is made clear in the book, written with Veronica Chambers.
I knew then that he had seen something in me — not just a lack of skill, because the skills would could come — but in all of my blankness, an endless span of possibility."Let's hope Ripert sees the possibilities of a sequel to this fine memoir and produces a second volume.