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Food Lover's Guide to the World: Experience the Great Global Cuisines (Lonely Planet) Paperback – 12 Sep 2014
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This was a gift to me, and I am so grateful as someone who loves to travel, and experience different cuisines.
This is really quite a wide mixture of food and travel ideas. The cuisines of 14 countries are considered, in particular a few of the main dishes, some recipes, festivals and the recommended restaurant for eating each of these specialities. The latter I found really questionable as it is doubtful whether, for example, one in a thousand readers at most will find their way to 93 Wuji East Road, Furong District, Hunan to sample their red cooked pork. This presentation really gives only a very limited coverage of individual countries. For example, France with its world renowned cuisine merits just half a dozen recipes and some thoughts on cheese, bread, escargots etc together with the main food related festivals.
Additionally nine regions are considered, one of which is The British Isles. The presentation is similar to the individual countries. Further sections of the book look at specific subjects such as `The Breakfast of Champions' which highlights ten outstanding breakfasts around the world.
Whilst there is certainly fascinating information contained here, the main issue is that it is all so eclectic that as soon as your attention has been engaged we move onto something completely different. Lonely Planet's efforts to diversify are to be applauded but I think they need to be a bit more focused in their subject matter if this sort of book is really to work well. For example, a book with a similar layout, but limited to, for example The Americas may well be much more interesting and informative than trying to cover the whole world in one go.
the more interesting and often remote corners of the globe. They've
accompanied me on many journeys and more than proved their worth as
a rich source of topical insights into the geographical, historical
and social backbone of at least a dozen far-flung destinations.
'The Food Lover's Guide To The World' is a substantial, large-format
hardback which examines the ingredients and cuisine to be found at the
heart of a wide range of countries and cultures. It is chock full of
absorbing photographs and fascinating indigenous recipes from Europe,
Australasia, the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.
There are lots of good tips about what to eat and where. Cassoulet and
bouillabaisse from France; Mayan pork from Mexico; Tagines from Morocco;
Bhelpuri (little savoury street snacks) from India and even the humble but
no-less-worthy Cornish pasty. A veritable cornucopia of culinary delights.
Recommended to both ambitious cooks and seasoned travelers alike.
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The scope of the book is clearly very large, covering 14 countries, and...Read more