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

Tom Kevill Davies
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Book Description

30 April 2009
Over 10,000 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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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st Edition edition (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007278845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007278848
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

After studying product design at Central St Martins College, Tom went on to work at Christie's, before becoming Creative Designer at advertising agency, Panlogic.
The son of two dedicated foodies, and an enthusiastic cook himself, Tom pursued his passion for gastronomy by regularly writing the food editorial for The Season magazine.
Since embarking on his trip Tom has made regular appearances on BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage and LA-based KCRW's The Good Food Show, as well as being a featured writer for Rough Guide. Tom currently lives in South London with four bicycles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the Saddle Again 11 May 2009
"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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars General Cycling 21 April 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent blend of cycling, travel and food 10 Dec 2009
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 A Proper Adventure 30 April 2009
I recently got my copy of "The Hungry Cyclist- Pedalling the Americas in search of the perfect meal". I picked it up and was instantly rivetted. Tom Kevill-Davies writes with humour about a journey I often sit at my desk in the heart of London wishing I could do.
The only thing I wasn't sure about was how cute the guinea pig looks in the photo so I may well skip that recipe!

THC took me on an old school adventure with this book and I would thoroughly recommend anyone else to read it and experience through the authors eyes a road less travelled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Adventure 16 Jun 2014
By Maisey
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You are gripped right fron the start. Tom takes you through a fantastic and wonderful journey. Makes you want to give up the day job! Keen to do one of his tours in France when I can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book. 17 Oct 2013
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I found this book very entertaining and great fun to read. Some of the recipes are really not appetising at all but I am sure this was the intention of the author. Great humour and a crazy adventure. Will probably read this again in a couple of years.
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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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