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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Edition First Printing edition (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307588017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307588012
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Rita serves up a tasty smorgasbord of stories--funny, heartwarming, and quirky. These tales remind us of what we seek in our own life's journey: a meaningful connection with people we meet and joy in finding new friends in unexpected places. Whether you choose to stay home or start packing, these stories will stir you."
--Maya Frost, author of "The New Global Student"
"Charming - a wonderful gift for your nomadic friends. The book will inspire you to travel, to cook, and, to get your own stories committed to the page!"
--Julie Conover, "," Host & Producer
"Rita and friends take you on a virtual and culinary global adventure that is sure to evoke a range of emotions. A must-read for both the armchair and active traveler."--Beth Whitman, author of "Wanderlust and Lipstick" guides for women travelers.
"Rita Golden Gelman's book pulsates with life's flavors--both in the stories and the recipes that accompany them. Remarkably, all royalties will be donated through two Rotary clubs to provide scholarships for young adults in a Delhi slum. As a Rotarian myself, I salute Rita and savor her book. So will you."
--Karin Treiber, PhD, Rotarian, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Thanks to Rita and her friends, the world just got a little smaller. This inspirational book simultaneously illustrates how large and small our global community has become. By sharing recipes, customs, and lives, we are ushered through an exotic world of experiences."
--John O. Hishmeh, Executive Director, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
"These wonderfully poignant stories speak to the inner-nomad in all of us, reminding us of the joy and warmth we feel when sharing laughter, tears, and meals across cultures."
--Sara LaRosa, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Tonga 2006-2008

About the Author

Rita Golden Gelman is the author of more than seventy children's books, including More Spaghetti, I Say!, Rice Is Life, and Mole in a Hole, a staple in every first-grade classroom. As a nomad, Rita has no permanent address. Her most recent encampments have been in Mexico and New York City.

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Rita Golden Gelman hasn't had a permanent address since 1987. Her popular memoir "Tales of a Female Nomad" is about her nomadic life traveling around the world. She explains, "I no longer wanted to live in one tiny dot on the giant map of the world. I wanted to explore, to adventure, to connect with the diversity of life on earth."
"Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World" is a collection of stories and recipes from over forty authors. They are writers who are willing to take risks, break rules and face the unknown. Rita said she chose the stories with the most "heart" where the writer's soul shines through the words. The poetic writing of each story will make you smile, laugh or cry. They are inspiring, vibrant, poignant and alive.
The tales take place in many countries: India, Thailand, Ghana, Brazil, Peru, Israel, Guatamala, Bolivia, Iraq, France, Malaysia, Vietnam, the South Pacific, Uganda, Greece, Paraguay, Turkey, Mexico, the Seychelles, Romany, the Bahamas and North America.
"Female Nomad and Friends" is a tribute to our shared humanity. It's a celebration of the diversity, joy and wonder of cross cultural connecting. It could also send you off on your own adventure.
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Rita's has done a wonderful job of capturing so much in these tales, she has seen and done amazing things and shares so much with her readers. Reading this book is a journey in itself and don't be surprised if you find yourself on some incredible adventure soon after picking it up...
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9813bca8) out of 5 stars Women the world over are made up of the same ingredients, it's how they are blended that mark who they are 15 Jun. 2010
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Connection is the self-proclaimed theme of Rita Golden Gelman's life. She hearkens back to a time of yore by calling herself a modern-day nomad. In Female Nomad and Friends, she is in hunter-gather mode collecting recipes from around the globe via submissions to her website. They are meticulously blended with real-life stories of 41 women who take a leap of faith and reach out to another human being - whether across town or across the world. Every hint of zest is appreciated and recognized in this culinary community of over 25 ethnic dishes.

Golden Gelman upped the ante even further by donating all of the proceeds of the book to a scholarship fund. It will enable high school graduates in the slums of India to attend vocational schools. The funds are being administered through a Maryland chapter of the Rotary Club. With a soul full of wanderlust, she may not have a permanent address, but Golden Gelman certainly does not equate the absence of hearth and home with a lack of responsibility.

The book is divided into five sections: Connecting, Mixed Messages, Language, Passion and Food. The recipes range from the familiar - Grandma's fried chicken - to the exotic - sun-dried worms. However, the downright peculiar are thankfully omitted (Filipino head of the dog, anyone?).

Among the accompanying stories, there are several stand-outs. One woman experiences the ultimate in hospitality when an elderly woman offers to carry her on her back across a flooded Vietnamese street. Another answers a want ad for a housekeeper and discovers a lonely Alaskan looking for a wife. A Swedish exchange student experiences her first Thanksgiving, Texas-style. An American schoolteacher in France is invited to the sumptuous table of her student's family. An orphaned Iraqi girl makes a connection with an American woman before and after the 2003 invasion. A visiting couple who miss their ferry stop are rowed upstream against the current by a kind native in Paraguay.

However, many dangers exist for women traveling alone, and these perils are not ignored. One woman is raped by a hotel manager in India and later returns home to discover that she is pregnant. Another drinks the water on a South Pacific island and succumbs to dysentery.

Overall, women the world over are made up of the same ingredients, it's how they are blended that mark who they are.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x984072ac) out of 5 stars Go. Eat. Write. 22 July 2010
By S. Fishburn - Published on
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Food. Travel. Vignettes gathered from here, there, everywhere. Perfect for those of us who only have a scattered minute or two to read every day. One of the things I liked about Female Nomads is that while it might loosely fall in to the genre of "travel memoir", because each small essay is totally self-contained, and because they were crafted by various authors (and non-authors) and even a few male nomads, the book remained fresh from the first page to the last. I would have loved more recipes, though the ones included were almost as entertaining as the stories themselves.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98aa01ec) out of 5 stars More storybook than cookbook 10 Sept. 2010
By Fryfat - Published on
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Female Nomad and Friends is a joy to read. The stories, written by adventurers from around the world, tell of the mystery, compassion, and humanity that exist all around us. Since the book is written by travelers and life-livers rather than professional writers, the story structure and word choice are not always the most polished. But mastery of written technique is not the point of this book. Put aside your inner writer-critic and interact with the stories as if they were being told to you firsthand by the person who experienced them. You will find this book a delight. It is easy to read and may inspire you to do some traveling yourself! The recipes are a nice addition. It's fun to cook something that reminds you of a certain place and time and having the recipes along with the stories does just that. However, I would say this is more a book of stories than a cookbook.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9917b3b4) out of 5 stars Small Stories about Big Ideas and Deep Feelings 7 Dec. 2012
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Rita Golden Gelman's books - and her life - are all about connecting with others. That's especially likely to happen when she's on the road or in someone's kitchen. Female Nomad and Friends sets the stage with the subtitle: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World. Gelman invites readers to connect with 41 writers of travel tales and to wet our pallets with nearly as many recipes from around the globe.

Maybe the thought of leaving your comfort zone to travel in a foreign country gives you the willies. If you're not ready to pack up for an overseas trip, you might want to warm up by trying the culinary treats the authors offer. You surely will want to settle down for a good read about the journeys of Rita Golden Gelman and friends. Among the five broad categories in the book, only one is called "Connecting." But in one way or another they are all about getting to know and appreciate others through Language, Passion, Food - and even Mixed Messages. Their stories illustrate that if we're as open and welcoming as the people we meet on the road, we need never be lonely. After reading the book, You just might be inspired to take off on your own.

One remarkable aspect of the book is how much joy and inspiration even the very short stories convey. In the introduction Gelman says that when she and her co-author planned the book they looked for stories "with heart - where the writer's soul shines through the words." And that's exactly what they offer us in this nourishing potpourri of words.

If it's not enough to be stimulated, amused and provoked by the stories, along with a mouth-watering recipes to try, there's one more bonus. All the book's royalties will go to a scholarship fund that enables kids living in a New Delhi, India slum to attend a vocational school.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98142384) out of 5 stars Delightful and inspiring 24 July 2010
By Steve - Published on
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This compilation of stories from a variety of international female authors coalesces around the theme of breaking bread with new and different people. It is a warm and wonderful invitation to travel, explore, reach out, and live life fully and completely. The pieces are short and vary in tone across the emotional spectrum from funny to sad, charming to thought-provoking, and all points in between. The recipes are bonus material that allows you to replicate some of the delicious centerpieces for these gatherings, but the real joy is in the tales themselves and the worlds that are revealed when these courageous and joyful ladies call us to share in food and humanity.
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