Tom Vitale, the director of programs such as

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

, was unable to work for two years due to the grief of the death of the chef and his good friend.

He decided to use that time to write a book about their experiences together.

"In 2018 my life was very much taken up with my work. But that also made sense, because I was paid to travel the world with Anthony Bourdain," Vitale tells

People.

"Then it stopped very suddenly. Anthony's death not only lost my friend and mentor, but also my career and my identity. I mourned for two years and couldn't get back to work. Instead I was reliving all our adventures."

Vitale decided to write down these memories.

"Once I started, I couldn't stop. I couldn't do anything else. The story I want to share is too bizarre and too wonderful to keep to myself."

In his book

In the Weeds

, which will be released in October, the director describes what it was like filming their culinary travel series and talks about how the striking chef was behind the scenes.

Bourdain restaurant reopens

Bourdain took his own life in June 2018 at the age of 61.

He wrote the bestseller

Kitchen Confidential

and made many travel series, including for Food Network and Travel Channel.

In programs such as

A Cook's Tour

and

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

, he traveled the world and talked about various world cuisines.

Les Halles, Bourdain's former restaurant in New York that went bankrupt in 2017, will temporarily reopen as a pop-up restaurant from July 9-11.

The reason for this is the upcoming documentary about Bourdain coming out a few days later.

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