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A Fork In The Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery On The Road (Lonely Planet Travel Literature) Paperback – 15 Nov 2013
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The Guardian, December 16, 2013
In a time when most food writing is about dieting or recipes, it s a real pleasure to revisit the old art of food travel writing.
Refinery29, December 16, 2013
For the world traveler who thinks they've eaten everything, this is THE present of the year. Told through the personal stories of chefs, foodies, and travel writers, "A Fork In The Road" offers tales of legendary meals and truly unique food experiences across the globe. Dig in.
The New York Times Book Review, December 6, 2013
Critics, chefs and just plain bons vivants contribute to this anthology of food-themed travel yarns, which spans the globe from Addis Ababa to the Amazon.
Kirkus Reviews, December 2013
A savory collection of personal narratives about the fabulous and even miraculous ways that food revives the great, exciting promise of life . . . . Funny, insightful and revealing, Oseland s anthology is not just a delightful adventure in world cuisine, but also a thoughtful exploration of the emotions that so often accompany cooking, dining and eating. . . . Delicious reading for the discerning foodie.
360 West Magazine, December 2013
A bite of cassoulet can transport you to the French countryside, just as a taste of perfect mole launches you to a cobblestone street in Oaxaca. Enormously sentimental and often funny food memories fill each page of a "A Fork in the Road," Lonely Planet s new 304-page book of essays. Michael Pollan, Frances Mayes and Dallas own Daniel Vaughn (aka The Barbecue Snob) are among food writers, chefs and novelists who demonstrate with eloquence how eating shaped their travel experiences.
Longitude, December 2013
You don't have to read Proust to know how a single, well-composed bite can transport the diner to distant lands. This anthology gathers the great food and travel writers from Michael Pollan to Frances Mayes around one table.
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This a fairly average book that lacks the visual design of some of Lonely Planet's other books, such as Food Lover's Guide to the World: Experience the great global cuisines (Lonely Planet Food and Drink). If you are looking for sumptuous design to stimulate the tastebuds then I would suggest that would be a better purchase. This title, instead perhaps compensates for the editorial lack in those larger scale visual books in regard to a better sense of writing. What we have here is more akin to a selection of foodies newspaper columns; first person accounts and critiques (nothing really review based, but more anecdotal experiences).
Perhaps in the future Lonely Planet could attempt to merge the two styles.
A decent book, but nothing overly exciting.
I have been reading it, wrapped in a blanket, as I watch the rain cascading down the windows obscuring the view of the trees in the garden bent double by the wind. It has lifted my spirits and the very best stories have transported me away from the sodden Marches. Tom Carson's memories of meeting real Indian food for the first time at an Indian wedding and the way it transformed him, overwhelmed me with the smell of spices in the hot, hot air. Giles Coren's first in encounter with McDonald's on American soil reminded me of my children's reaction to chocolate milkshakes in El Paso in the early seventies when we still thought McDonald's was a good thing. My heart bled for Jay Rayner marooned by the tide all afternoon in a seafood restaurant.
You can read it all at one go, but that might be considered greedy, or just dip in and out of it when you feel the need of a little something.
For a UK audience some of the authors in this collection from an American publisher are less familiar, however that wasn't an issue for me and I enjoyed offerings from more familiar faces like Madhur Jaffrey and the ever funny Giles Coren, who opens the tome with his journey back in time to yearning for exotic American fare in his youth in 1970's food variety poor Britain. I particularly enjoyed the chapters where I learned about food I didn't know existed (blood soup and the poisonous Fugu fish spring to mind). All in all this book was a highly enjoyable journey through foodie experiences past and present. For a little bit of escapism if, like me you enjoy food and travel in equal measures, I highly recommend this book.
Review: But in all seriousness this is a nice little book about folks experienced in writing about food putting their story across. Its a lovely travelogue as well, most using the opportunity to describe the area where they had their wonderful meal(s). (Think AA Gill reviewing a foreign restaurant in The Times- Oh, look there is Giles Coren) There is a lovely taste of both food and place which would stir wanderlust for many who enjoy both.
I recommend highly.
What a great idea.
So, the concept is a good one, however the world is not only made up of America, and the majority of the Chefs in this book (with a few notable exceptions) are American.
Now I would be happy for them to be unknown chefs, say from Poland, Argentina or Iceland as they would bring a cultural element to the book.
However it seems this is a book for Americans, which has been shipped over here, and for that reason I am afraid it is only given 2 stars, however that said, it is an entertaining "dip into now and again" book.
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