Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globeby Published 20 Oct 2009
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For pure pleasure, few experiences are as satisfying as a chance to explore the world’s great culinary traditions and landmarks—and here, in the latest title of our popular series of illustrated travel gift books, you’ll find a fabulous itinerary of foods, dishes, markets, and restaurants worth traveling far and wide to savor.
On the menu is the best of the best from all over the globe: Tokyo’s freshest sushi; the spiciest Creole favorites in New Orleans; the finest vintages of the great French wineries; the juiciest cuts of beef in Argentina; and much, much more. You’ll sample the sophisticated dishes of fabled chefs and five-star restaurants, of course, but you’ll also discover the simpler pleasures of the side-street cafés that cater to local people and the classic specialties that give each region a distinctive flavor.
Every cuisine tells a unique story about its countryside, climate, and culture, and in these pages you’ll meet the men and women who transform nature’s bounty into a thousand gustatory delights. Hundreds of appetizing full-color illustrations evoke an extraordinary range of tastes and cooking techniques; a wide selection of recipes invites you to create as well as consume; sidebars give a wealth of entertaining information about additional sites to visit as well as the cultural importance of the featured food; while lively top ten lists cover topics from chocolate factories to champagne bars, from historic food markets to wedding feasts, harvest celebrations, and festive occasions of every kind. In addition, detailed practical travel information provides all the ingredients you’ll need to cook up a truly delicious experience for even the most demanding of traveling gourmets.
"Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe" Reviews
Fabulous read, but not at all what I expected!
I expected this to be a book of the greatest places to eat ... broken down by country. Instead, I discovered sections on Specialties & Ingredients, Outstanding Markets (& food bazaars), Seasonal Delights, In the Kitchen, Favorite Street Foods, Great Food Towns, Ultimate Luxuries, The Best Wine, Beer & More and finally, Just Desserts!
Scattered throughout are annotated "Top Ten" lists including Old Fashioned Candy Stores, street Markets, Bike Tours for Foodies, Unusual Food & Drink Festivals, and many many more!
One of the biggest surprises discovered was in a Top 10 list of Traveler's Restaurants. This is a list of places for people on the go, some are destinations in their own right, offering excellent food in styling surroundings. Number 4 [in the world:] on the list is the Indianapolis International Airport! The designers of Indianopolis's replacement terminal aimed to change people's perceptions of airports with local food, live music, and an eco-friendly design. On offer are Indianapolite favorites, including breakfast-vendor Patachou on the Fly, Shapiro's kosher deli, the South Bend Chocolate Company, the speedway-themed Indy 500 Grill, and the gourmet popcorn store, Just Pop In!
Although not a coffee drinker myself, another fun find was in the Top 10 list for Places to Enjoy Cafe Society. Number 3 on this list is Seattle, Washington -- Home of Starbucks. Visitors have other options in coffee world including rival chain Caffe Ladro (ladro is Italian for "thief"), which deliberately opened venues close to its competitors!
Finally, there is a Top Ten Places to Try Death by Chocolate ...
A richly produced National Geographic book. . . . I received this as a Christmas present and enjoy its quirkiness immensely. The subtitle suggests why: "500 Extraordinary Places to Eat around the Globe." And I have actually been to some of the places, such as Ben & Jerry's in Vermont, Philly cheese steak venues in Philadelphia, the Beaver Club in Montreal, steak in Buenos Aires, beer halls of Munich, and Les Deux Magots in Paris. Some nice memories came back to me! Sitting at Les Deux Magots in Paris, having a Croque Monsieur for lunch. . . .
The book is divided into a series of sections, such as Specialties & ingredients, Outstanding markets, Seasonal delights, In the kitchen, Favorite street foods, Great food towns, Ultimate luxuries, the best wine (beer and more), and Just desserts. After each title page, a series of examples is provided. For instance, after "Specialties & ingredients," we see a segment on lobsters (from the Atlantic coast) to maple syrup (Vermont). Also, there are "Top 10 listings," such as Top 10 Unusual Food and Drink Festivals, such as the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, or the Cabbage Festival in Hungary, or the Fete de fromage (Cheese Festival) in France. . . .
In short, a lot of fun if you are a foodie. Not much in the way of recipes. Not much detail on any of the 500 places to eat. But a richly illustrated, enjoyable work to peruse.
The pictures alone make the check out worth it. If you have ever actually visited the places shown in the book you will be transported right back there in the blink of an eye. The recipes are just an extra bonus. If you haven't visited these places, you will want to book a trip right away. FUN!!
This is a browsing book, and that's what I've enjoyed - browsing the lists such as top ten unusual food and drink festivals, top ten culinary surprises, and the top ten bank-braking cocktail bars. But it isn't all lists, cuisines are broken down by area with a little bit of background and the beautiful photographs you expect from NatGeo. Very fun.
I read this last night. I never knew Truffles grew underground. Up to 8" in depth under oak trees, and truffle hunters use sniffing dogs when they forage. Really good book - combines travel and food - two of my favorite things.