Bourdain visited Detroit in 2013 to shoot an episode of Parts Unknown and came away with a better appreciation and understanding of the Motor City than most:
Kick Out The JamsAnthony Bourdain, CNNThis is it. The last episode of our second season of "Parts Unknown."And I'm glad it's set in Detroit. Because Detroit, for many Americans, is an abstraction -- truly, if incredibly, a part unknown.One only need look at some of our representatives, who, a while back, were actually suggesting it might be OK to let the beleaguered auto industry fend for itself, to leave Detroit to its fate to see how blithely willing much of America would be to point the gun straight at their own heads and pull the trigger.Detroit isn't just a national treasure. It IS America. And wherever you may live, you wouldn't be there -- and wouldn't be who you are in the same way -- without Detroit.