(Chef Anthony) Bourdain put up his pencils, pulled out his knives, and blazed his own trail. “In the end, things worked out really well. I’ve been telling stories for a long time.” But with Get Jiro!, Bourdain is able to merge his childhood passion with his adult vocation. The novel depicts a turf war between battling factions of foodies in a near-future L.A., with increasingly rough neighborhoods. Bourdain saw the city’s “inner and outer sprawl,” with its “concentric rings of decreasing privilege” taken to the extreme as an appropriately gritty setting.