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The Hungry Cyclist: Pedalling The Americas In Search Of The Perfect Meal [Kindle Edition]

Tom Kevill Davies
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Over 100,000 miles to cover, one man, one bike and one hungry stomach.

Having created his alter-ego, the Hungry Cyclist and with thousands of pedal-powered miles before him, Tom Kevill-Davies pushed off from New York City on one of the most ambitious gastronomic adventures ever undertaken.

A ballsy travel memoir The Hungry Cyclist follows Tom's adventure into the hearts and minds of the people he meets. Revealing the diverse cultures of the Americas, Tom’s journey from over the Rockies to Baja California, through Central America down all the way to Brazil via Colombia, gives the real flavour of this truly extraordinary landmass.

This is a tale of death-battles with squadrons of mosquitoes, malodorous public toilets, of galloping dysentery one day, to drowning your sorrows with cowboys and dining with beauty queens the next. But above all it is an ambitious story of getting to where you want to be - even if you have to endure cactus-induced punctures, unforgiving desert heat, uphill struggles through never-ending cocaine plantations, or artfully dodge hungry bears, neurotic RV-driving Americans, angry rabid dogs and run-ins with local law authorities in the process.

An amazing tale of what can happen when you get on your bike and go.


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“An all-you-can-eat-ride-by buffet through lands the bike forgot.” Tim Moore

“I’m not sure whether I’m more impressed by Tom going solo, slow and through some of the world’s most notorious bandit country, or for getting hungry enough to eat a guinea pig.” John McCarthy

"A glorious account of the madness that lies at the heart of long distance cycling and an intriguing insight into the extra miles we, who are obsessed with pedal power,will go to secure the meal of our dreams." Jon Snow

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"An all-you-can-eat-ride-by buffet through lands the bike forgot." Tim Moore "I'm not sure whether I'm more impressed by Tom going solo, slow and through some of the world's most notorious bandit country, or for getting hungry enough to eat a guinea pig." John McCarthy "A glorious account of the madness that lies at the heart of long distance cycling and an intriguing insight into the extra miles we, who are obsessed with pedal power,will go to secure the meal of our dreams." Jon Snow

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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the Saddle Again 11 May 2009
Format:Paperback
"The Hungry Cyclist" is a smorgasbord of a page turner that works on many levels. Having followed Tom Kevill-Davie's two plus year adventure around the Americas on his Hungry Cyclist blog, I half-feared the book might be a rehashed chronology of his amusing reports from the road. Instead, it's a fresh, breezy tale of the highlights and low lights of the adventure of a lifetime. Each chapter covers a key segment of the journey and finishes with recipes of the delights described along the way. His vivid accounts of eating everyday food in Mexico even persuaded me to recently try a tripe and pig's cheek starter (surprisingly tasty).

As an amateur cyclist, I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the travails and adventures faced -- headwinds, hills, flats, loneliness and exhilaration. Think of a humorous version of Tim Krabbe's "The Rider." As a travel book, Tom Kevill-Davies captures the sense of the open road and the chance encounter in a way reminiscent of a "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat-Moon. And as food book, the continuing quest for the perfect meal and the vivid descriptions of the preparation and company surrounding the enjoyment of memorable meals will appeal to gourmands and gluttons alike.

I recommend the Hungry Cyclist's account to anyone who has ever ridden a bike long distance, traveled with no fixed itinerary or dined on fresh tacos from a roadside stall. And I especially recommend it for those who daydream that they may one day have the courage to do any of those things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant armchair travel 9 Jun. 2009
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I loved this book. I bought it for a friend and then started leafing through it and kept it for myself. It had me aching for adventure and new tastes whilst making me very pleased that I didn't have to pedal hard for over two years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent blend of cycling, travel and food 10 Dec. 2009
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A very good cycling travel book with an appealing food theme. I'm still not sure about those guinea pig photos though.

Don't worry if you're not interested in food - there are lots of other activities and adventures and it stands alone as a good travel book in its own right. I thought it was well written, with good use of humour and excellent descriptions of Tom's different environments and challenges.

Definitely worth buying
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the sofa-tourist and the explorer 7 Jun. 2011
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There is one paragraph in the introduction to this book (about France) which I read to everyone because the wording is so exquisite.
I was disappointed that the rest wasn't quite as well written, but it was still well written and I did very much enjoy this book.
I have also had to lend it out to many friends who've also enjoyed.
This book is not so much about cycling (though it is obviously the mode of transport, and a much appreciated one) as about the journey through America, and the people and food sampled en route.
I very much enjoyed the recipes included, though I am not convinced I will be using them all!
(You'll understand when you read it)
Enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure trip and more 25 May 2012
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When I first started reading this book I thought it was the usual man seeks adventure on road trip - I've read a few and they are entertaining which is why I keep reading them! And this one was that and more - really well written,very descriptive of the sights, sounds, smells, the freedom of being on a bike, how close you can get to the real world and the fact you have to go at a certain pace, Tom described really well how the journey can sometimes be labourious, sometimes exhilarating - get the most from it. The recipes are I think pretty much tongue in cheek, as a lot of the aren't readily available in the UK. Thanks Tom - I really enjoyed your book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A travel, cycling and food book 8 Jun. 2012
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A combination of my three favourite types of books: travel, cycling and food. Tom has a idea after cycling and eating his way through France on holiday to replicate it across America. Starts in New York and travelling across and the down the West Coast of the States through Central America and into South America on the East Coast in the shape of a huge 5. He meets and eats with lots of kind and generous hosts through all the countries that he goes through. Is forced to take drugs at gunpoint! And is probably the only cyclist across America to put on weight and not loose it. Great book, a must read for all fans of travel books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars General Cycling 21 April 2010
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Very well written. As I am a cyclist and a chef, by trade, I found it particularly interesting, but it is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone with a sense of adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! 30 Nov. 2012
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A great read, whether you're a cyclist or not. Consistently funny and not too 'earnest' as some explorer books can be when philosophising life on the road
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