This image provided by Lonely Planet shows the cover for the book "Thailand: From the Source." It is part of a new line of cookbooks that offer takes on the cuisine of a particular country. (Lonely Planet via AP)

“Rice, Noodle, Fish” is the first guidebook — though the term should be applied somewhat loosely — to be published under Bourdain’s partnership with travel and food website Roads & Kingdoms. The book — written by Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Matt Goulding — is a deep dive into Japan’s food culture.

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, spectators take photos of the hot air balloons at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta before take off. It's that time of year again when hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world descend upon New Mexico to watch as a mass of hot air balloons takes to the sky every morning for nine straight days. Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta is among the world's most photographed events. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras,File)

“Having 550 hot air balloons up in the air at once, that just doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. So this is, absolutely without a doubt, the Super Bowl of hot air ballooning,” said Scott Appelman, a veteran pilot and founder of the balloon ride company Rainbow Ryders Inc.

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FILE - This June 22, 2005 file photo shows a dessert plate of grilled fruit en papillote at Le Bernardin restaurant in New York. The 2016 Michelin Guide to New York City restaurants differs little from the previous year's edition. The same six restaurants that held three stars in 2015 held on to their honors. Per Se, Masa, Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges and Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare retained their top notch status, which they’d already held four years running. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Michelin guides, which cover 24 countries, are considered one of the premier ratings of the restaurant world. Based on the experiences of anonymous inspectors, the guides award ratings of one, two or three stars using criteria including quality of ingredients, mastery of technique, how the chef’s personality is expressed in the food, and consistency.

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This Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, photo, shows the Book Case in Albuquerque, N.M., a block from the iconic Route 66. Route 66 is home to a number of bookstores, often attracting regulars from around the corner and visitors from around the world. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

“For whatever reason, there are still some people who want an old-fashioned book in their hands,” Laura Eisner, owner of The Book Case in Albuquerque, a shop that opened when John F. Kennedy was running for president. “And they get that urge when they are just passing through.”

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In this photograph from Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, an unidentified hiker takes a break on an overlook along Ute Trail above Aspen, Colo. Members of the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers are always toiling to preserve trails in the area. (Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily Times via AP)

ASPEN | Hiking with David Hamilton affords one a different type of view. Along with the scenic vista of Independence Pass, Aspen and Mount Hayden, the executive director of Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers paused on the Sunnyside Trail to check how a water bar was functioning. The seldom-noticed manmade feature helps divert rainwater and snowmelt off […]

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