Laurie Woolever is an American writer and editor, and spent nearly a decade assisting Anthony Bourdain, with whom she coauthored the cookbook Appetites in 2016. She has written about food and travel for the New York Times, GQ, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Dissent, Roads & Kingdoms, and others, and has worked as an editor at Art Culinaire and Wine Spectator.
After Bourdain's death in 2018, Laurie Woolever decided to complete the book the famous food and travel writer had in mind, a guidebook to his favorite places around the world. She had first met Bourdain in 2002, through New York celebrity chef Mario Batali, later to become his editorial assistant and friend. Enriching the notes left by Bourdain with his own words from episodes of No Reservations and Parts Unknown, and calling on his closest friends to round out the rest, she got World Travel: An Irreverent Guide published in August 2021. One month later, she also published Bourdain, The Definitive Oral Biography (Harper & Collins, New York).