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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857868551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857868558
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating project, telling some fantastic stories about a broad range of cuisines. Mina's style is engaging and illuminating and the food cries to be cooked" (YOTAM OTTOLENGHI)

"The Edible Atlas is not only a delight to read but also peppered with delicious recipes, facts and flavours from around the world" (RACHEL KHOO author of The Little Paris Kitchen)

"The Edible Atlas deserves a place on every serious cook's bookshelf. Intelligent, informative, entertaining and very handsome. Mina Holland's prose is as engaging as her recipes. She is an exciting and authoritative new voice in the world of cookery and food writing" (RUSSELL NORMAN author of Polpo)

"Mina has managed to present world cuisine on a plate in this marvellous book" (JOSÉ PIZARRO)

"Glorious. A terrific read, and really inspiring to dip into . . . a literary amuse bouche, if you like" (Independent)

"There are cook books that teach you to cook, others that help you to understand gastronomy. The Edible Atlas feeds your soul" (FERRAN ADRIÀ)

"A fascinating look at who's eating what, and why, across the globe. Author Mina Holland provides a heady mix of history, anecdotes and recipes for beginners to confident cooks alike" (JOHN TORODE and GREGG WALLACE Daily Mail)

"Gastronomic heaven . . . glorious. Her writing is pleasurably evocative" (JOANNA BLYTHMAN Observer)

"Here is a nice idea for a cookery book, amiably executed and attractively plated up . . . Holland is a resoundingly enthusiastic guide . . . Where she's visited, or even lived in, the places she's writing about, Holland puts in welcome splashes of autobiographical colour . . . Intriguing little facts are scattered hither and yon . . . the most appealing aspect of the book is its practical emphasis on cooking these cuisines at home . . . Most importantly, The Edible Atlas makes you hungry" (SAM LEITH Guardian)

"If you're the sort of person who likes to read a cookery book rather than just flick through the recipes, this is one for you" (Waitrose Weekend)

"An entertaining read . . . Holland looks at the food most typical of where she's visiting within the wider context of each society, seasoning with great nuggets en route" (Daily Mail)

"An anthropological exploration of food . . . The fusion of history, literature and food even manages to weave in recipes and words of wisdom from some world-famous chefs en route" (Food and Travel)

"The Edible Atlas explores what and why people eat as they do. Delving into 39 global cuisines from Catalan to Calabrian to Cantonese, the book is not only an enjoyable trip around the culinary world, but it also gives you the chance to try them yourself with three recipes from each region at the end of each chapter" (GQ)

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'A fascinating project, telling some fantastic stories about a broad range of cuisines. Mina's style is engaging and illuminating and the food cries to be cooked' Yotam Ottolenghi

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick Taussig on 10 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Mina Holland's book begins with a quote from the American writer Laurie Colwin: "It is not just the great works of mankind that make a culture. It is the daily things, like what people eat and how they serve it." This captures the ambitious and refreshing spirit of Holland's work, a welcome break from the repetitive humdrum of food-writing in its endeavour to savour the history and culture of food as much as the food itself. Holland begins with the words, "When we eat, we travel," and subsequently takes us on a charming, informative and sumptuous journey through the world's different foods, not with gourmet pomp but everyday humility, celebrating food as a common, not an exclusive, language - its right and proper place in the world. Holland's good purpose is matched by her good writing. A food and travel book, therefore, that really is worth savouring.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr Jonathan James Harris on 20 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Love reading Mina Holland's stuff from the Guardian/Observer food magazines and that led me to her book. It really is an absorbing and enjoyable read and taught me an awful lot about cuisines I thought I knew about and ones I am equally clueless about. The recipes are terrific too and pitched at a very achievable level (not out of reach of my culinary expertise - a term I use rather lightly).

All round an excellent, different and thoroughly entertaining read!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By william cozens-hardy on 10 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
We all have our cook books at home with our favourite recipes.But the Edible Atlas gives you so much more.Fantastic information from the author giving a background with some great information from all the places and countries from where her recipes come from.I am not a great reader but read this book in three days as i could not put it down.Could not reccomend it more.Very excited to see what she gives us for the hopeful follow up!!
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Format: Paperback
A superficial nod in the direction of foreign food and nothing more. Lazy compilation, disrspectful to both reader and many proud cooking traditions. Dont waste your money. Simply Google a country's recipes and take it from there. This book was a present to me. I would never have spent good money on it. As someone who devours food books and who loves experimenting with different cuisines, I was left feeling irritated and cheated by this lazy little volume.
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By Tanya Aydon on 14 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Tired of cookbooks packed with photographs of shiny and impossibly perfect food? Mina Holland's The Edible Atlas: Around the World in Thirty-Nine Cuisines has none of these but comes as rather a relief to this middle-aged cook and reader. Comment and anecdote are mixed in generously with the recipes, the whole being served up to the reader with an engaging dash of youthful confidence and enthusiasm.
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By Elizabeth Roberts on 5 Nov. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A very beautiful read...but my copy is missing pages 66 and 67... Very disappointing.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K G Allodi on 12 Jun. 2014
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Good book which was reviewed and recommended in the Daily Mail by John Torrode. Could do with some illustrations or photographs as it is rather dry.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LGW Bailey on 11 Dec. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Not particularly well executed - I guess the spread is too wide, maybe exand this to a series to get more details for each area, a few more personal anecdotes would help too.
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