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Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide (Atlas Obscura)

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I came away better informed of different cultures and traditions and felt more of a participant of the world. Very well structured, full of exciting insights and photos, the book is an informative read that makes for a brilliant guide before any vacation.

From ‘North Korean Diplomacy Noodles’ to Jeppson’s Malört, an almost undrinkable liquor from Chicago, the book touches upon every corner of the globe. The book is divided up by location, with lots of illustrations, captions, and sidebars, and most stories take no more than a page or two to tell, so it can be read piecemeal (sorry) or cover to cover. One of the smartest additions to the book is a little paragraph next to each entry that tells you how to go about trying the food in question.I’d thought about the idea of shared food patterns across culture before, but an observation by ‘Gastro Obscura’, on the different types of pickled foods around the world (e. But far more than a menu of curious minds delicacies and unexpected dishes, Gastro Obscura reveals food’s central place in our lives as well as our bellies, touching on history-trace the network of ancient Roman fish sauce factories.

For the traveler or foodie, this coffee table book can transport them around the world with wonderful stories and photos that will leave their stomachs grumbling—all without ever leaving the couch. A tome to be savored" - Foreward Reviews "[A] casual and fun and yet intelligent treatment of what essentially is a food encyclopedia on the world and its cuisines. Regular readers of Atlas Obscura, Mental Floss, and other such sites will know some of these stories, but there is still plenty to learn and digest (sorry again). I can’t help but wonder, wherever the foods come from, are we interested in them because they paints a unique picture of the customs of a different place, or, are we fascinated because it makes different foods seem weird? In creating a magnum opus that manages to be simultaneously daring as well as fundamentally delicious, this is a culinary high-wire act of culinary anthropology that delivers on its promise and then some.Tom Colicchio, chef and activistThis exquisite guide kept me at the breakfast table until dinner time. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. Gastro Obscura is a brilliant, endlessly fascinating romp through strange foods around the world (and the occasional world-class, actually-enticing food). miles each September (cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus), pausing en route to sip from 23 glasses of wine and gulp local treats like cheese, foie gras and oysters.

For example, there's a two-page spread on "Yoshoku" (Japanese versions of western food) and another on Italian food in the former colony of Eritrea (East Africa). The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. A graduate of Barnard College, Cecily spent many years living in New York and now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter. Dabei fiel mir sofort auf, dass es nicht nur um die kulinarischen Genüsse, sondern auch um Geschichte und Informationen zum jeweiligen Land bzw. Ich schätze 95 % der aufgeführten Gerichte würde ich nicht essen, aber in dem Buch geht es auch viel mehr um die Geschichte hinter der Mahlzeit.But free-range only legally in the US means the chickens have access to outdoors - a small concrete yard is fine. Like a five-star hotel’s platter-stacked buffet artfully arranged to please the eye and palate, Gastro Obscura stimulates aplenty, with hundreds of rich morsels to peruse and savor. I've not yet read the first book, but after this will be hunting it down- if not just to learn more about this bizarre and wonderful world we live in! Organized into short lively sections, Gastro Obscura spotlights quirky feasts and festivals, extraordinary spirits and wines, offbeat museums and monuments, unusual markets and farms, gorgeous getaways and heady hideaways. Eating may be the most immersive, visceral travel experience,” wrote Wong and Thuras in the book’s introduction.

In these pages, you'll find riveting stories of human culture ancient and present, history, climate, mythology, commerce and geography -- all through the lens of that thing you thought you already knew: food. It showcases surprising sustenance, stellar dining establishments, shocking flavors, riveting rituals, chef ingenuity, astonishing history, fantastical lore and practical know-how gathered from seven continents, more than 120 countries and all 50 United States. I’d recommend ‘Gastro Obscura’, to anyone curious and fascinated with how things work elsewhere; in this case food. You might notice the link between ‘Gastro Obscura’, and the popular ‘Atlas Obscura’, a travel guide like no other, pointing out all the unusual places around the world.I've been keeping this book in the kitchen to read a little bit when I have a minute or two--you know, when you're waiting for the water to boil or during the last few minutes when dinner is coming together.

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