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The Hungry Cyclist: Pedalling The Americas In Search Of The Perfect Meal by [Davies, Tom Kevill]
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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

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 843 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (28 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FOGVU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
"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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There is one paragraph in the introduction to this book (about France) which I read to everyone because the wording is so exquisite.
I was disappointed that the rest wasn't quite as well written, but it was still well written and I did very much enjoy this book.
I have also had to lend it out to many friends who've also enjoyed.
This book is not so much about cycling (though it is obviously the mode of transport, and a much appreciated one) as about the journey through America, and the people and food sampled en route.
I very much enjoyed the recipes included, though I am not convinced I will be using them all!
(You'll understand when you read it)
Enjoy
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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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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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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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A thoroughly engaging read. Tom had me cracking up throughout the book, and his laid back character shone through. Fantastic book, especially if you enjoy cycling, food of any kind, travelling, the Americas, or a combination of them all (as I do.)
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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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A combination of my three favourite types of books: travel, cycling and food. Tom has a idea after cycling and eating his way through France on holiday to replicate it across America. Starts in New York and travelling across and the down the West Coast of the States through Central America and into South America on the East Coast in the shape of a huge 5. He meets and eats with lots of kind and generous hosts through all the countries that he goes through. Is forced to take drugs at gunpoint! And is probably the only cyclist across America to put on weight and not loose it. Great book, a must read for all fans of travel books.
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