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5.0 out of 5 stars
Back in the Saddle Again, 11 May 2009
"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.