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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014102903X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141029030
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'tour the world with rock group eat odd food with odd people
write about it'
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'Funny, rude, hip, delicious' Nigel Slater

`Honest, graceful, vivid and touching' The Times

`Each page of Sound Bites brings new, unexpected delights and leaves the
reader feeling warmly satisfied...Kapranos is a clever, evocative writer'
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By stooksey on 3 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Kapranos' weekly food column in The Guardian so much that this release appeared to take an age to arrive, but when it finally did it took me all of five minutes to read. I could not put it down! It's not a boring clinical dissection of the weird and wonderful food that Alex ate whilst on the road with Franz Ferdinand, it's a vivid painting of the surroundings in which he eats and the people whom he eats with. It includes pieces of history about the place or the dish in question that is enlightening and actually interesting, and whimsical sketches drawn by a member of the band illustrate every story. The reaction of his fellow band mates to some foods had me giggling, not to mention the singer trying, with not much luck, to speak a foreign language with a Scottish accent! These snap shots never fail to be entertaining!

Humorous, informative, morbid, surprising, sexual: Sound Bites is an exciting mix of all the above. I recommend this firstly to any Franz Ferdinand fan and secondly to anyone who is interested in food but can't stand pompous food critiques. Buy it now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Avid on 4 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoyed Alex Kapranos' columns in The Guardian over the last year, you'll enjoy this book even more. There's more to it than those columns -- besides extra pieces of writing there are funny and clever illustrations. This is a wonderfully oblique and odd account of life on the road in a rock band, and Alex Kapranos' use of language is always unexpected and unusual, sometimes even unsettling.

A clever, charming and sexy book. And it will make you hungry...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ALICIA RODRIGUEZ REINA on 1 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
I have really enjoyed the reading of this book. It is very intense in every sense from your mouth to your mind. Kapranos makes you feel like you were just sitting next to him sharing his meal as the description of the places and plates is so vivid and so full of metaphors.
Also, I have discovered a new food experience thanks to this book because what he says about enjoying the adventure of trying a new food is not only beautiful words, he really convinces.
Just read it, you will enjoy it and learn interesting things about food.
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Alex Kapranos is a talented musician and writer. I really like the way he writes. He collected so many food experiences while on tour with his band Franz Ferdinand and the way he depicts them is really wonderful. I also love Andrew Knowles' sketches!
So if you love food and/or Franz Ferdinand, it's high time that you buy this book.
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